or S-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from Hawthorne
Leslie at Newcastle
in January 1941 with the 5th Emergency Flotilla.
The ship was launched on 20th November 1942 as the
2nd R N
ship to carry the name, previously used for a
Flotilla Leader sold in 1930.
Completion was delayed until 1st July
1943 due to design and production difficulties
delivery of the guns and the associated fire
-control units. The ship then
at Scapa Flow before to joining the 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet. In March 1942 after a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National
Savings campaign she had been adopted by the civil
community of Twickenham,
than in Middlesex, now in the London Borough of
Richmond on Thames.
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service in Home Fleet
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of
trials and calibrations took passage to Scapa
Flow to work-up with ships
of Home Fleet.
Deployed with 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla for Home Fleet screening and patrol
duties in NW
Approaches and North
Fleet deployment with Flotilla in
Deployed with Flotilla for
Home Fleet screening and convoy defence.
Passage to Kola Inlet with HM Destroyers
MAHRATTA, MATCHLESS. MILNE,
SAVAGE, SCOURGE, SCORPION and WESTCOTT
(Operation FR) -
These ships ware to be used as escort for
ships returning from ports in North
which had been delayed
during summer months.
During their outward passage they
minesweepers and six motor launches which had
been transferred to Russia under
Cruiser LONDON and US Cruiser AUGUSTA provided
cover for the transit
of these ships.
Ocean Escort for return Convoy RA54A with
above Home Fleet destroyers, the
EGLANTINE, HM Minesweepers HARRIER and
Detached from RA54 after arrival of
western Local Escort.
(For details of
all Russian convoy operations with names of mercantiles
and escorts, see
CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg,
CONVOY ! by
P Kemp, ARCTIC CONVOYS by
R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B Schoefield.)
Joined Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW54B
Destroyers HARDY, SAVAGE,
SCOURGE, VENUS, VIGILANT and Norwegian STORD.
Joined 26th Destroyer Flotilla,
Home Fleet on formation.
from JW54B on arrival at approaches to
Archangel and took independent passage
with other Home
Fleet destroyers to Scapa Flow.
(Note: Home Fleet
ships provided cover for passage of this
convoy that arrived unscathed
Part of screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK
and HM Cruiser JAMAICA with HM
SCORPION and Norwegian destroyer STORD to
provide distant cover for
the passage of
Russian Convoys JW55A to Kola Inlet and
return Convoy RA55A.
After convoy sighted by aircraft proceeded to
Kola Inlet for
discussions between CinC
Russian Admiral Golovko
of Northern Fleet to discuss
joint action in case of surface
arrived without surface interception
Deployed as screen for HMS DUKE OF YORK and
HMS JAMAICA to provide cover for
Detached to carry out exercised night attacks
ships of convoy
on completion. See ARCTIC CONVOYS by R
Convoy sighted by aircraft and German surface
In action against German battleship
SCHARNHORST with HIS DUKE
OF YORK, HM Cruisers
and NORFOLK (Battle of North Cape).
attacks on SCHARNHORST with other Fleet
destroyers. These stopped the enemy
ship which was later
sunk in a surface action
receiving two hits by return 11in gunfire
completed her torpedo attack).
For full details
see THE KOLA RUN by I Campbell aid D
At Kola Inlet with HMS DUKE OF YORK
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Returned to Scapa Flow as part of destroyer
screen for HMS DUKE
OF YORK, HMS NORFOLK
and HMS SHEFFIELD.
Taken in hand for repair
of action damage.
repair to action damage.
Rejoined Flotilla in Home
Fleet on completion.
Deployed with Flotilla for
Home Fleet duties
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW58as screen
for HM Cruiser
DIADEM, HM Escort
ACTIVITY and TRACKER with HM Destroyers
OBEDIENT, OFFA, ONSLOW,
OPPORTUNE, ORIBI, ORWELL,
SERAPIS, SCORPION and Norwegian destroyer
anti-submarine defence was also provided
by Sloops of 2nd Escort Group and
was provided by ships of Home Fleet).
Detached on arrival at Kola Inlet
after air and surface attacks.
Part of screen for HMS DIADEM with HM
and Norwegian STORD providing escort for
return Convoy RA58. 13th
Detached from RA58 with HMS DIADEM and
screen before arrival in Loch Ewe.
Allocated to Assault
Force S as part of Bombarding Force D with H M
STORD (Nor) and SVENNER
For details of naval activities prior to
and during landings see
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN
NORMANDY, June 1944
Took part in bombardment
exercises with Force D.
to Clyde for assembly of Bombarding Force D
Part of escort for HM Battleships WARSPITE and
DANAE, FROBISHER and Polish cruiser ORP DRAGON
to Solent with
Destroyers SWIFT, Norwegian destroyers STORD
and SVENNER, HM Frigates
and HOLMES as Bombarding Force D
Operation postponed for 24 hours.
Passage through swept Channel with above ships
Monitor ROBERTS that had
joined Force D at
On arrival in bombardment position carried out
accordance with pre-arranged
fire plan on beach
completion of bombardment duties joined Force
S and deployed in Eastern Task
area for interception patrol and defence of
Deployed with HM Destroyers VIRAGO and
ISIS, Norwegian STORD for interception
to prevent attack en Convoy ECM1 by E-Boats of
4th German Flotilla
which sank LST314
Retained in Eastern Task Force Area
after completion of NEPTUNE.
and escort duty in Channel In continuation.
Patrol and escort duty in Channel in
action against German minesweeping flotilla
with HM Destroyer ONSLAUGHT,
US Frigate USS BORUM and
US Navy PT boats.
Under repair to action damage.
Rejoined Home Fleet for Russian
Convoy escort duties with ships of Flotilla.
Joined screen for HM Battleship RODNEY, HM
Cruiser DIADEM, HM
and STRIKER with HM Destroyers MARNE, METEOR,
VENUS, VERULAM, VIRAGO, VOLAGE,
ALGONQUIN and SIOUX as escort for Russian
Detached from JW60 on arrival at Kola
Joined return Convoy RA60 on departure from
Kola Inlet as
escort during passage with
Detached from RA60 before arrival at
Part of screen for HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE, HM
Escorts Carriers TRUMPETER and
with HMS SERAPIS and two other Home
Fleet Destroyers as Force 2 to
carry out air
minelay and air attacks on shipping off Alesund,
HARDY – For details of all minelaying
Naval Staff History
Deployed as escort for Convoy JW61A comprising
and ss SCYTHIA as
Convoy JW61 with HM Cruiser BERWICK,
HMS CAMPANIA, HM
Destroyers CAPRICE, CASSANDRA, SCOURGE and
(Note: These two
ships were carrying Russian nationals who
had been captured in Normandy
during the allied
advance (Operation OVERLORD).
Returned as escort for Convoy RA61A with
HMS SAVAGE, HMS SCORPION and
comprised same two mercantiles.)
arrival on RA61A in Clyde and resumed Flotilla
duties at Scapa Flow.
Home Fleet duties with Flotilla in
service in Eastern Fleet with 26th Destroyer
refit and preparation for foreign
service in Tyne commercial shipyard
Took passage to Gibraltar
with HM Destroyers
VIGILANT and VIRAGO.
of escort for HM Aircraft Carrier FORMIDABLE.
HMS FORMIDABLE was joining the Fleet at
Carried out series of exercises
in Mediterranean to prepare for operations
with Eastern Fleet.
in Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Arrived at Trincomalee and joined HM
Destroyers VERULAM, VOLAGE and VENUS in 26th
(For details of Eastern Fleet
activities see OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray).
Deployed as Part
of Force 70 for operations against shipping
with HM Destroyers
VOLAGE and RAPID.
Carried out reconnaissance of Nicobars.
Took part in attack on Port Blair, Andamans
with ships of Force 70.
Towed damaged Destroyer
HMS RAPID to Akyab.
(Note: HMS RAPID
had been damaged by shore fire during
Joined by HMS VIRAGO and HMS VIGILANT.
Carried out shipping sweep between Andamans
and coast of Malaya.
Carried out attack against convoy in
and Submarine Chaser were sunk but heavy
expenditure of ammunition and
of 18 torpedoes was
Joined escort for HM Battleship QUEEN
ELIZABETH, French battleship RICHELIEU,
Cruisers LONDON and CUMBERLAND with HM
VIGILANT, VIRAGO and VENUS
Carried out bombardment of Sabang,
with other Eastern
Sailed from Kyaukpyo,
Burma with Eastern Fleet ships to provide
planned landings at
Escorted HM Cruisers PHOEBE and
ROYALIST, HM Escort Carriers EMPEROR.
HUNTER and STALKED with HM Destroyers VERULAM,
VIRAGO and VIGILANT to
provide support during Rangoon
Joined Task Force 63 (HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, FS
SHAH and EMPRESS) with HM Cruisers CUMBERLAND,
cruiser TROMP and HM Cruiser CEYLON for
and Port Blair (Operation
Joined Task Force 51 (Task Force 63 plus 21st
Carrier Squadron) with
Fleet destroyers to intercept Japanese warships
sighted in the entrance to the
Detached with HM Destroyers VERULAM, VIGILANT,
search for these
ships north of Sumatra
Took part in torpedo attack on Japanese
cruiser HAGURO and destroyer KAMIKAZE.
HAGURO sunk SW of Penang
position 5.00N 5.99E).
Sustained major damage
from three hits by 8in shells during
full details of this action see SINK THE
HAGURO by John Winton and the
Naval Staff History.)
Under temporary repair.
Passage to Durban
for permanent repair.
to Simonstown for
Taken in hand by HM Dockyard, Simonstown.
completion of post repair trials took passage
to rejoin Flotilla
Called at Durban.
Rejoined Eastern Fleet
Sailed from Trincomalee with aircraft carriers
air cover for passage
of military convoy
Joined Convoy JME1F
BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser.