9 4 3
Commissioned after acceptance trials
Passage for work-up
at Scapa Flow.
Joined 23rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet.
Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet
Joined HM Battleships ANSON, DUKE OF
FURIOUS for demonstration off Norwegian
coast, with Home Fleet cruisers
flotillas. US Navy Task Force attached to
Fleet also took part.
were battleships USS ALABAMA and SOUTH
USS AUGUSTA and USS
TUSCALOOSA and five destroyers.
This operation was intended as a diversion
during the allied landings in Sicily
not detected by German aircraft).
Joined Home Fleet ships including HM
Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS
sweep off Norway
Escorted HM Aircraft Carriers ILLUSTRIOUS
and UNICORN, with HM Cruiser
SCYLLA and HM Destroyers SCORPION,
OPPORTUNE, OBDURATE and
passage from the Clyde
(Note: The two
aircraft carriers were being deployed in the
landings at Salerno
Passage to Scapa
with HMS SCORPION to rejoin Flotilla.
Deployed in NW Approaches.
Under repair at Rosyth.
On completion resumed duty in NW Approaches
NW Approaches deployment in continuation.
Detached for escort of HM Battleship KING
GEORGE V from Gibraltar
Flow after duty in Mediterranean.
Took passage to Gibraltar.
Part of escort for
HMS KING GEORGE
On arrival deployed for escort of merchant
ships left in North
Took passage to
Kola Inlet with HMS SCORPION.
(For details of all Russian Convoy
operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield
and CONVOY ! by
at Kola Inlet with HM Destroyers SCORPION
the Ocean Escort for returning Convoy RA54A
with HM Destroyers
Detached from RA54.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW54B with
HM Destroyers HARDY, SAUMAREZ
VENUS, SCORPION, SCOURGE, VIGILANT
Norwegian destroyer STORD
(Ex HMS SUCCESS)
until arrival off Archangel.
to rejoin Home Fleet at Scapa
Rejoined Flotilla on arrival at Scapa
Joined destroyer screen for H M Battleship
DUKE OF YORK
and H M Cruiser
to provide Distant Cover
for Russian Convoys JW55A and JW55B.
(See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by Corelli Barnett).
In action against SCHARNHORST at Battle of
North Cape and took part with
HMS SAUMAREZ, HMS SCORPION and the
Norwegian Destroyer STORD
in the torpedo
attacks which slowed and finally stopped the
(For full details see FRASER OF NORTH
by Humble and Naval Staff
Escorted damaged HMS SAUMAREZ to Kola Inlet.
Passage to Scapa
with HMS SCORPION and Norwegian
9 4 4
On arrival at Scapa
began Boiler clean.
Resumed Fleet duties.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW56A with
Norwegian destroyer STORD.
Part of escort for JW56A from Iceland
to Kola Inlet with H M Destroyers HARDY,
INCONSTANT, OBDURATE, OFFA, VENUS,
VIGILANT, VIRAGO and
Detached on arrival
of local escort.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW56B to
reinforce defence till arrival at
Detached from JW54B
Joined destroyer escort for returning Convoy
RA56 with H M Destroyers
OFFA, VENUS and
Detached from Convoy RA56 after enemy
failed to intercept due to an
sighting report by Luftwaffe.
Under repair in Hull
Resumed Home Fleet
duties on completion.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW57 with
HM Cruiser BLACK PRINCE and
12 other Home Fleet
destroyers. HM Escort Carrier
CHASER and its escort joined
at the same
time (See above references).
Detached with other
escorts on arrival at Kola Inlet.
Part of destroyer escort
with BLACK PRINCE for returning Convoy
Detached with HMS
CHASER and other Home Fleet destroyers.
Part of escort for H M Battleship DUKE OF
with H M Destroyers
OFFA, OBEDIENT and Norwegian
Taken in hand for
refit at Immingham shipyard.
Fleet duties with Flotilla on completion.
Escorted HM Aircraft Carriers FURIOUS and
SEARCHER with HM Cruiser
H M Destroyers WIZARD, WAKEFUL, ALGONQUIN (RCN),
destroyer PIORUN and the Polish destroyer
BLYSKAWICA during two
strikes on convoys off Kristandsund
Detached for duty in Dover Command with H
M Destroyers OPPORTUNE,
OBEDIENT and ORWELL for patrol duty
between Dungeness and Worthing
of the allied landings in Normandy.
NEPTUNE-See LANDINGS IN NORMANDY
by K Edwards).
Deployed in Channel to prevent enemy surface
warship attacks during the assault
Deployment in English
In action with 6th German MTB
Flotilla off Dungeness with HMS OBEDIENT
a west bound coastal convoy.
Rejoined Home Fleet when released
from Dover Command.
with Home Fleet in NW Approaches. October
Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier
and HM Cruiser BELLONA
VERULAM, CAPRICE, CASSANDRA,
CAMBRIAN and ZAMBESI
during air attacks on Sorreisa
Independent passage to Kola with HMS
to take Norwegian troops for
attack on Norway
with Russian troops (Operation FREEMAN)
Arrived at Kola Inlet.
and ss SCYTHIA
Resumed Home Fleet
duties after arrival at Greenock.
Deployed in Force 1 with HM Aircraft
IMPLACABLE, TRUMPETER and
PREMIER, HM Cruiser DIADEM and HM
Destroyers ZEALOUS, ZAMBESI,
VIGILANT, SERAPIS, SIOUX (RCN),
and the Norwegian
STORD for a joint aircraft minelay in Karmsund
and a shipping
Deployed in Force 2 with HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE,
HM Aircraft Carriers
TRUMPETER and PREMIER, HM Destroyers
ZEALOUS, ZEPHYR, SIOUX (RCN),
and SERAPIS during joint air minelay and
air strikes in
9 4 5
Joined escort for Russian Convoy JW63
with HMS DIADEM, HM Escort Carrier
VINDEX, HM Destroyers MYNGS, SCOURGE,
SERAPIS, ZAMBESI, ZEBRA,
STORD and HM Canadian Destroyer ALGONQUIN.
Arrived at Kola Inlet without enemy
11th Joined return
DIADEM, HMS VINDEX and the same Home Fleet
to H M Destroyer SCORPION.
Arrived at Loch Ewe
after delay by wearier and returned to
Joined Force land escorted HM Cruisers
and DIDO for a night
strike off Bud
No targets found.
Joined escort for returning Convoy RA64
for part of passage.
(See CONVOYS TO
Detached and returned to Home Fleet duties.
Escorted HM Escort Carrier TRUMPETER with
HMS SCOURGE to provide
of Russian Convoy JW65.
Detached on arrival
at Kola Inlet.
Escorted return Convoy RA65 with HMS DIADEM,
HM Escort Carriers
and TRUMPETER, HM Destroyers MYNGS,
ORWELL, SCORPION, SCOURGE, ZAMBESI,
Detached and returned to Home Fleet duty.
Deployed with Home Fleet in NW Approaches.
Escorted HM Escort Carriers SEARCHER, QUEEN
and TRUMPETER with HM
DIADEM. HM Destroyers CARYSFORT, OPPORTUNE,
ORWELL, OBEDIENT, SCOURGE and ZAMBESI
during offensive strike
shipping west of Narvik. (Operation
Escorted H M Cruiser DEVONSHIRE
and H M Minelaying Cruisers APOLLO
with HMS IROQUOIS (RCN), HMS SCOURGE and Norwegian
ARENDAL to Oslo.
These ships had the Crown Prince of Norway
and the British Flag Officer
Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard,
for use as Firing Ship attached to HMS
at Portsmouth on completion.