Fleet Destroyer ordered under the War
Emergency Programme in March 1941 from Denny at
Dumbarton. The ship was laid down on 25th November
1941 at the same
time as her sister snip HMS TERMAGANT in the same
shipyard. She was launched en 17th June 1943 and
completed en 20th January 1944. Following a
successful WARSHIP WEEK in March 1942 the ship had
been adopted by
then in the county of Lancashire, now in Cumbria.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
1794 - TENERIFFE 1797 - JAVA 1806 -
1944 - SOUTH FRANCE 1944 - AEGEAN 1944
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9 4 3
Contractors sea trials.
Commissioned for service
9 4 4
Build completion and Acceptance trials.
Worked-up with Home
Fleet at Scapa Flow.
Joined 24th Destroyer
Flotilla in the Home Fleet on completion of
Transferred with Flotilla for
support duties in Mediterranean.
Deployed on escort and
support of military operations in Adriatic and
Nominated for duty with
ALPHA Gunfire Support Group during allied
landings in the
South of France
preparation for support role.
Operation ANVIL renamed DRAGOON.
Joined HM Cruisers ORION,
AURORA, AJAX and BLACK PRINCE, US cruiser
cruiser GLOIRE, US destroyers LIVERMORE, EBERLE,
with HM Destroyer TERMAGANT in Malta forming
Sailed for landing support duty.
Met HM Battleship RAMILLIES which
joined Group from UK and took up position
duties en shore batteries in YELLOW beach area.
details see INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Provided naval gunfire support with ALPHA
Group during landings
Released from bombardment duties but
remained in assault area.
Released from DRAGOON duty with HMS
TERMAGANT and USS QUINCY
control by CinC Mediterranean.
Deployed on support and escort
duty in Eastern Mediterranean.
Bombarded Melos in Cyclades.
Took part in sinking of U407 with HM
Destroyer TROUBRIDGE and Polish destroyer
ORP GARLAND north of
of the submarine crew were rescued.
(Note: HM Destroyers
BRECON and ZETLAND also took part in
hunt for U407 which
was first sighted by
ORP GARLAND. See U-BOATS DESTROYED by
Transferred to British Aegean Force
with ships of 24th Flotilla and joined H M
HUNTER, STALKER, EMPEROR,
ATTACKER, SEARCHER PURSUER
HM Cruisers ORION,
AJAX, ROYALIST, BLACK PRINCE,
AURORA and COLOMBO
together with HUNT Class destroyers.
support of military operations to re-occupy
islands in the Aegean
mainland. Carried out interception of craft
evacuating German troops.
details of operations in 1944 see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
with British Aegean Force in continuation.
Deployed with HM Cruiser BLACK
PRINCE and took part in sinking caique
near Volvos in Gulf of Salonika.
Took part in occupation of Scarpanto
with HM Destroyer CLEVELAND.
in central Mediterranean
for duty with British Pacific Fleet after UK
to Plymouth for refit in HM Dockyard, Devonport
Taken in hand
9 4 5
refit and preparation for
service in Pacific.
Radar and communications
(For details of development
and use of radar see RADAR AT SEA by D. Howse).
trials and prepared for foreign service.
to Australia to join 24th Destroyer Flotilla.
British Pacific Fleet designated Task Force 113
were transferred to US 5th
on 23rd March and redesignated Task Force 57 after
approval by US
of Staff had been delayed whilst ships were at Manus,
British Pacific Fleet base.
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by John Winton, OPERATION
FORCE 57 by P Smith and WAR WITH JAPAN,
VI (HMSO) for details of all operations in 1945.)
Mediterranean prior to onward passage to Sydney.
waters in preparation for service with US Navy.
Took passage to
join British Pacific Fleet at Manus.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to
D33 to conform with US
designation for destroyers.
at Manus with British
Ships deployed with US 5th Fleet as Task Force
57 had had returned
Manus in late May
after completion of
attacks on Sakashima
US Task Forces. They then went to Sydney,
Australia for R&R.)
Transferred to Task Group 112.2
and joined H M Destroyers TROUBRIDGE,
TEA2ER of 24th Destroyer Flotilla to form Task
duties during planned attack to neutralise
airfields at Truk.
(Note: Task Group 112.2 comprised in addition:
Unit 1 KM Fleet Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE.
Unit 2 HM Escort Aircraft Carrier RULER, HM
Unit 5 HM Cruisers UGANDA (RCN), ACHILLES (RNZN)
Deployed with screen for Task
Group during passage to Truk.
Joined HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, HMS
UGANDA and HMS ACHILLES with Task
Unit 15 ships
for screening duties and redesignated
Task Unit 3.
Detached and deployed as screen
for Force 5 which was to remain in area 20 miles
flying-off position during air attacks by Force
Rejoined main force and redeployed
with HMS TERMAGANT to screen HMS
and HMS RULER during bombardment of targets at Truk
bombardments were less than satisfactory owing to
lack of experience in
out shore bombardments, poor communication
Returned to Manus
with Task Group 111.2.
Flotilla to 3rd US Fleet for service with Task
Ships of British Pacific Fleet had been
transferred to US 3rd
Fleet as part of a
of US naval
commands in Pacific area and had been redesignated
Task Force 37 then comprised:
Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE, VICTORIOUS,
NEWFOUNDLAND, BLACK PRINCE, EURYALUS, ACHILLES,
(RCN). HM Destroyers
Destroyer Flotilla: GRENVILLE, UNDINE, URANIA,
QUALITY, QUADRANT, QUIBERON (RAN),
Destroyer Flotilla TROUBRIDGE, TENACIOUS,
Joined Task Force 37 on arrival at
Sailed from Manus
to join US Task Groups In operational area off
INDEFATIGABLE detached for defect repair during
Task Force 37 ships met refuelling
Group before starting operations.
Deployed with screen for HMS KING
GEORGE V, Carriers and Cruisers of
combined air attacks with US Navy Task Groups of
Force 38 on
shore targets north of Tokyo.
Deployment for screening duties in
continuation during further combined air
aircraft attacks were restricted to secondary
targets as part of
US policy to restrict attacks on Japanese
After further air operations by
BPF carriers withdrew with screen to replenish.
Replenished with BPF ships delayed
by typhoon threat In planned area.
Carrier INDEFATIGABLE joined BPF.
signs of shortage of fuel from British sources
During passage with screen,
destroyers were refuelled from cruiser in order
full availability during forthcoming air strikes
Deployed with screen for BPF ships
during air attacks on subsidiary targets
(Note: Despite US navy
restrictions British aircraft sank two Japanese
and seriously damage
Escort Carrier KAIYO.)
withdrawal to replenish came under air attacks.
Returned with screen for BPF to
rejoin US Task Groups in operational area.
shortage from RN tankers increasing evident.)
Screening deployment in
screen for cruisers and carriers when HMS KING
bombardment with US Task Group 37-1.
Screening duty continued.
British aircraft from Task Force 37 sank
Japanese Frigate OKINAWA
of Maizuru - See
WARSHIPS DESTROYED by P
Deployed for screening during
passage of Task Force 37 ships or replenishment.
Replenishment transferred to new
area because of swell conditions.
Passage with screen for BPF ships
to renew operations.
Refuelled during passage from BPF
Availability of fuel in destroyers was of
Detached from screening duty
during air strikes and joined Task Group 38.5
with HMS TERMAGANT
and TENACIOUS as screen for HMS GAMBIA
in bombardment of shore targets at Kamaisha,
US Task Unit 34.8.1 on Japan Iron Works.
Task Force 37 on completion of detached duty.
Fuelling programme altered and
screening duty during further series of
Decision to extend operational period was made
by US Admiral of
5th Fleet following the entry of USSR into war
Transferred to US Task Force 38
for deployment in Task Group 38.5.
Replenishment period agreement with US Navy was
fuel to be provided for Token Force of RN ships
part in surface ship bombardments and air
attacks in Tokyo area.
British Pacific Fleet ships took passage to Manus
Token British element of Task Group 38.5
Battleship KING GEORGE V. HM Cruisers GAMBIA and
TROUBRIDGE, TERMAGANT, TENACIOUS
TEAZER. HM Destroyers BARFLEUR, NAPIER, NIZAM,
Deployed with screen for TG38.5
during air attacks in Tokyo area.
attempts by Japanese to carry out bombing
attacks defeated by early
25 miles from aircraft carriers of Task Force
Screening duties continued for
passage to operation area after refuelling with
warships of Task Force
with screen for Task group 38.5 final air
attacks after formal surrender all failed.
Deployed with reformed Task
Force 37 and anchored in Sagami Bay.
details see above references.)
o s t W a r
N o t e s
TERPSICHORE was deployed
for the support of repatriation of allied
personnel from Japan and attended the final
surrender of Japan with
reformed Task Force 37 in Tokyo Bay on 2nd
September. On release from service
with the British Pacific Fleet the
ship returned to UK in 1946. She was placed in
Reserve and laid up at Devonport.
In 1953 this ship was converted
for use as a Type 16 Anti-submarine Frigate by
her builders at Wololston.
After completion and trials in her
new role in 1954 she was replaced in Reserve at
Refitted during 1958.and in 1960 laid-up at Lisahally,
Northern Ireland. This destroyer was placed on
the Disposal List in 1964 and sold to BISCO for
demolition by West of
She arrived at the Breaker's
yard in Troon,
Ayrshire under tow on 17th May 1966.
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