1 9 4 3
Sea Trials and commissioning.
Accepted for service with 23rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet.
Worked-up with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
Flotilla for Home Fleet screening duties and
Independent passage to Kola Inlet to
returning merchant ships. (Operation FR).
Escorted Convoy RA54A from Kola Inlet with
H M Destroyers SAVAGE, SAUMAREZ
MAHRATTA, MATCHLESS, MUSKETEER and
(HM Minesweepers JASON and
BRITOMART and HM Corvette
part of the Ocean
Detached from RA54A with Home Fleet
Joined Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW54B
with HM Destroyer SAUMAREZ,
HARDY, SAVAGE, SCORPION, VENUS,
Detached from JW54B on arrival at approach
to Archangel made independent passage
Home Fleet destroyers
Deployed with Flotilla
for Hone Fleet screening duties.
Part of screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF
YORK and HM Cruiser JAMAICA providing
Distant Cover for
Russian Convoy JW55B and returning Convoy
Detached to reinforce escort for Russian
JW55B after German battlecruiser
SCHARNHORST was known to be in area.
Joined escort with H M Destroyers
IMPULSIVE, ONSLOW, ONSLAUGHT, ORWELL,
HAIDA (RCN), HURON (RCN) and
Detached from JW55B and rejoined HMS DUKE
OF YORK and HMS JAMAICA for
(For details of all
Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO
RUSSIA by RA
by R Woodhead,
CONVOY! by P Kemp,THE
RUN by D. MacIntyre
and I Campbell and RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B. Schoefield.
1 9 4 4
Resumed Home Fleet
deployment with Flotilla.
Part of Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy
with HM Destroyers MAHRATTA,
OPPORTUNE, HURON (RCN)
Detached from JW56B
on arrival at Kola Inlet.
Joined Ocean Escort for return Convoy RA56
with JW56A and JW56B escorts.
Detached from RA56 with HM Destroyers
MILNE, HURON, MUSKETEER
and Norwegian STORD.
Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet.
Home Fleet duties in NW Approaches
Nominated for duty with ships of
Flotilla in Force S during allied landings
Allocated targets in Pre-Arranged
Fire Plan - Beach defences East of Le Breech
(Operation NEPTUNE - For details of naval
prior to and during landings.
See OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards, LANDINGS
IN NORMANDY, June
Took part in preparatory
exercises for assault operations.
Joined HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ, KELVIN,
VIRAGO, SCORPION, VERULAM,
SWIFT, SERAPIS, MIDDLETON, EGLINTON,
Polish SLAZAK, Norwegian SVENNER
in Force S. Passage to
Operation delayed 24 hours.
Joined Polish destroyer SLAZAK and HMS
MIDDLETON as escort for Convoy S2
(Convoy comprised 15th Minesweeping
Flotilla, four Danlayers,
and a Harbour Defence Motor Launch.
Carried out bombardment
in accordance with Fire Plan.
On completion provided gunfire support
in SWORD area.
Deployed on patrols to intercept enemy
surface craft attempting to attack ships
Task Force area.
Deployed to reinforce patrols by HM
ONSLOW, ORIBI, OFFA and
of Spout with HMS SERAPIS.
Escorted HM Cruiser ARETHUSA with HM
HMS ARETHUSA was taking HM King George VI to
On release from NEPTUNE rejoined Flotilla at
Scapa Flow to continue screening and
in NW Approaches.
Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.
Participated in Home Fleet rehearsal for
planned operation off Norway.
Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier
HM Escort Carriers
TRUMPETER and NABOB, HM Cruisers
KENT and DEVONSHIRE with HM
Destroyers MYNGS, VIGILANT, SIOUX
(RCN), VOLAGE, VERULAM, VIRAGO
(Operation OFFSPRING - Aircraft minelay
and shipping strikes between Lepsoy
with Flotilla for Home Fleet screening
duties in NW Approaches.
Nominated for screening
duties during shipping strike and aircraft
(Operation TENABLE – later cancelled)
Home Fleet Flotilla
duties in continuation.
Deployed with HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ and
SERAPIS as screen for HM
Escort Carriers TRUMPETER, CAMPANIA and HM
Cruiser DEVONSHIRE as Force 2
(Operation HARDY - Air strikes on
shipping and shore targets south of Lepsoy
Deployed as screen for HM Cruiser BERWICK
and HM Escort Carrier CAMPANIA
Destroyers CAMBRIAN, CAPRICE, CASSANDRA,
SERAPIS for escort of ss
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA and as SCYTHIA during
to Murmansk. as
ships were returning 11,000 Russian
nationals who had been captured
landings in Normandy whilst serving with
Detached from JW61A
Joined screen for BERWICK and CAMPANIA to
escort EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA
and SCYTHIA with
same ships for return from
Kola to UK as Convoy RA61A.
Resumed Flotilla duties
on arrival of RA61A in
Joined HM Cruiser DIADEM. HM Escort Carriers
PREMIER and PURSUER with
HM Destroyers ZEALOUS, ONSLAUGHT
and SCORPION in Force 3 as screen
minelay in Karm
Sound (Operation HANDFAST).
with HM Destroyers ZEPHYR, ALGONQUIN (RCN).
Cruiser DIDO as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier
IMPLACABLE during air
to attack Norwegian coastal shipping. (Note:
Home Fleet deployment with Flotilla in
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Joined Russian Convoy JW63 with HM
MYNGS, SAVAGE, SERAPIS, ZAMBESI,
ZEBRA, ALGONQUIN (RCN
SIOUX (RCN) and Norwegian destroyer STORD as
screen for HM Cruiser DIADEM
and HM Escort
Carrier VINDEX for passage to Kola Inlet.
Detached on arrival
at Kola Inlet.
Joined escort for return Convoy RA63 with
Detached on arrival at Loch Ewe with
passage, due to extreme weather
which had scattered convoy and necessitated
Flotilla duties in Home Fleet.
Joined Force 2 as screen for HMS DEVONSHIRE,
HMS PREMIER and HMS
PUNCHER with HM Destroyers CAVENDISH,
CAVALIER and ZEBRA during
minelay and a series of shipping strikes off
Deployed with HMS SAVAGE to reinforce escort
of returning Convoy RA64 from
Home Fleet duties
with Flotilla in continuation.
Deployed as screen for HM Escort Carrier
TRUMPETER with HMS SAVAGE and
escort of Russian Convoy JW65 for passage to
Detached from JW65
Joined escort for return Convoy RA65 as part
of screen for HMS DIADEM, HMS
and HMS TRUMPETER.
Detached with Home Fleet ships before convoy
arrived in Scapa Flow.
Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.
(For details see CONVOY!
by P Kemp and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by Corelli
Part of screen for HM Cruisers NORFOLK
and DIADEM, HM Escort Carriers
SEARCHER, QUEEN and TRUMPETER during
offensive operations off Norway
Part of Fleet screen during attack on
west of Narvik during which German
Depot Ship BLACK WATCH and U711 were
Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet
including support of reoccupation forces.