1 9 4 3
Sea Trials and commissioning.
14th Accepted for service with 23rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Home Fleet.
August Worked-up with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
Flotilla for Home Fleet screening duties and patrol
20th Independent passage to Kola Inlet to escort
returning merchant ships. (Operation FR).
3rd Escorted Convoy RA54A from Kola Inlet with
H M Destroyers SAVAGE, SAUMAREZ
MAHRATTA, MATCHLESS, MUSKETEER and WESTCOTT.
(HM Minesweepers JASON and BRITOMART and HM Corvette
also part of the Ocean
10th Detached from RA54A with Home Fleet destroyers
23rd Joined Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW54B
with HM Destroyer SAUMAREZ,
HARDY, SAVAGE, SCORPION, VENUS, VIGILANT Norwegian
3rd Detached from JW54B on arrival at approach
to Archangel made independent passage
with Home Fleet destroyers
10th Deployed with Flotilla
for Hone Fleet screening duties.
20th Part of screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF
YORK and HM Cruiser JAMAICA providing
Distant Cover for
Russian Convoy JW55B and returning Convoy RA55B.
22nd Detached to reinforce escort for Russian Convey
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
30th 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
Ruegg, ARCTIC CONVOYS
by R Woodhead, CONVOY! by P Kemp,THE KOLA
RUN by D. MacIntyre
and I Campbell and RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B. Schoefield.
1 9 4 4
January Resumed Home Fleet
deployment with Flotilla.
26th Part of Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW56B
with HM Destroyers MAHRATTA,
OPPORTUNE, HURON (RCN) and METEOR.
1st Detached from JW56B
on arrival at Kola Inlet.
3rd Joined Ocean Escort for return Convoy RA56
with JW56A and JW56B escorts.
9th Detached from RA56 with HM Destroyers INCONSTANT,
MILNE, HURON, MUSKETEER
and Norwegian STORD.
11th Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet.
March Home Fleet duties in NW Approaches
May Nominated for duty with ships of
Flotilla in Force S during allied landings in
Allocated targets in Pre-Arranged
Fire Plan - Beach defences East of Le Breech C.
(Operation NEPTUNE - For details of naval activities
prior to and during landings.
See OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June
Took part in preparatory
exercises for assault operations.
June Joined HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ, KELVIN,
VIRAGO, SCORPION, VERULAM,
SWIFT, SERAPIS, MIDDLETON, EGLINTON,
Polish SLAZAK, Norwegian SVENNER
in Force S. Passage to
4th Operation delayed 24 hours.
5th Joined Polish destroyer SLAZAK and HMS
MIDDLETON as escort for Convoy S2
(Convoy comprised 15th Minesweeping
Flotilla, four Danlayers, two
and a Harbour Defence Motor Launch.
6th Carried out bombardment
in accordance with Fire Plan.
On completion provided gunfire support
in SWORD area.
7th Deployed on patrols to intercept enemy
surface craft attempting to attack ships
Task Force area.
. 9th Deployed to reinforce patrols by HM Destroyers
ONSLOW, ORIBI, OFFA and
of Spout with HMS SERAPIS.
16th Escorted HM Cruiser ARETHUSA with HM Destroyer
HMS ARETHUSA was taking HM King George VI to Beachead
July On release from NEPTUNE rejoined Flotilla at Scapa Flow to continue screening and
in NW Approaches.
August Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.
8th Participated in Home Fleet rehearsal for
planned operation off Norway.
10th Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier INDEFATIGABLE,
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 and
with Flotilla for Home Fleet screening duties in NW Approaches.
29th Nominated for screening
duties during shipping strike and aircraft minelay.
(Operation TENABLE – later cancelled)
October Home Fleet Flotilla
duties in continuation.
23rd 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 and
2nd Deployed as screen for HM Cruiser BERWICK
and HM Escort Carrier CAMPANIA
Destroyers CAMBRIAN, CAPRICE, CASSANDRA, SAUMAREZ and
SERAPIS for escort of ss EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA and as SCYTHIA during
to Murmansk. as Convoy JW61A
(Note: These ships were returning 11,000 Russian nationals who had been captured
landings in Normandy whilst serving with Germany).
6th Detached from JW61A
11th 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.
17th Resumed Flotilla duties
on arrival of RA61A in
19th 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). SIOUX
Cruiser DIDO as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE during air
to attack Norwegian coastal shipping. (Note: Two Norwegian
December Home Fleet deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
1 9 4 5
1st Joined Russian Convoy JW63 with HM Destroyers
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.
8th Detached on arrival
at Kola Inlet.
11th Joined escort for return Convoy RA63 with
. 23rd Detached on arrival at Loch Ewe with undetected
passage, due to extreme weather
which had scattered convoy and necessitated re-assembly.
February Flotilla duties in Home Fleet.
12th 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 Norway.
21st Deployed with HMS SAVAGE to reinforce escort
of returning Convoy RA64 from
.March Home Fleet duties
with Flotilla in continuation.
15th Deployed as screen for HM Escort Carrier
TRUMPETER with HMS SAVAGE and
escort of Russian Convoy JW65 for passage to Kola Inlet.
21st Detached from JW65
23rd Joined escort for return Convoy RA65 as part
of screen for HMS DIADEM, HMS
CAMPANIA and HMS TRUMPETER.
30th Detached with Home Fleet ships before convoy
arrived in Scapa Flow.
April Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.
(For details see CONVOY! by P Kemp and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).
May Part of screen for HM Cruisers NORFOLK
and DIADEM, HM Escort Carriers
SEARCHER, QUEEN and TRUMPETER during
offensive operations off Norway
4th Part of Fleet screen during attack on shipping
west of Narvik during which German
Depot Ship BLACK WATCH and U711 were
June Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet
including support of reoccupation forces.