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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS TYRIAN (R 67) -  T-class Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

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T-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson in March 1941 with other ships of the 8th Emergency Flotilla. The ship was laid down on 15th October 1941,  launched on 27th July 1942 as the 5th ship to carry the name dating from 1808. It was previously used in 1918 for a destroyer sold in 1930. Build was completed on 8th April 1943. Following a successful† WARSHIP WEEK in March 1942 the ship was adopted by Great Yarmouth in† the county of Norfolk.

 

B a t t l e††† H o n o u r s

 

ATLANTIC† 1943 - SICILY† 1943 - SALERNO† 1943 - MEDITERRANEAN† 1943 - ADRIATIC† 1944 - SOUTH FRANCE† 1944 - AEGEAN 1944

 

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge: On a Field Red, an owl Silver, with crook† and flail Gold.

 

M o t t o

 'Tireless Ever'

 

 

D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e

 

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1 9 4 3

 

April†††††††† ††††††††††Builders trials and commissioning.

†††††† 7th†††††††††††††† Accepted into service for duty with 24th Destroyer Flotilla.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Passage to Scapa Flow for work-up with Home Fleet.

 

May†††††††††††††††††† On completion of work-up took passage to join Flotilla in the Mediterranean.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla in Central Mediterranean for escort and patrol duties.

 

June†††††††††††††††††† Escort and patrol duty in continuation.

††††††††††††††††††††††††† Preparation for Sicily landings (Operation HUSKY)

 

July††††††††††††††††††† Deployed in Malta

†††††† 8th†††††††††††††† Sailed from Malta for HUSKY landings duties.

†††† 10th†††††††††††††† Joined destroyer screen for HM Battleships NELSON, RODNEY, VALIANT and WARSPITE,

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE and FORMIDABLE, HM Cruisers AURORA

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† PENELOPE, CLEOPATRA and EURYALUS with 17 other allied destroyers to provide

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† cover in Ionian Sea against Italian fleet intervention during Sicily landings.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† (For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett and

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Naval Staff History).

 

August

†††† 21st†††††††††††††† Carried out bombardment of Italian mainland from Messina Straits.

†††† 31st†††††††††††††† Provided naval gunfire support for† allied landings in Calabria with HM Battleships

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† NELSON, RODNEY, HM Cruiser ORION and eight other allied destroyers

†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††(Operation BAYTOWN).

 

September

†††††† 3rd†††††††††††††† Supported landings by British XIII Corps near Reggio and Villa San Giovanni.

†††††† 9th†††††††††††††† Deployed with HM† Battleships RODNEY, NELSON, WARSPITE and VALIANT,

††††††††††† †††††††††††††††HM Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE and ILLUSTRIOUS as destroyer screen with 20

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† other destroyers of 4th, 8th and 24th Destroyer Flotillas to provide cover for landings

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† at Salerno.

†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††(Operation AVALANCHE - For details see above references).

†††† 11th†††††††††††††† Provided naval gunfire support and AA protection for Fleet units off beaches.

 

October††††††††††††† Deployed in support of shore operations and convoy interception.

†††† 16th†††††††††††††† Sank supply ship and captured another during Interception operation off Albania.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† with HM Destroyer TUMULT.

 

November

†††††† 8th†††††††††††††† Carried out bombardment of Volturno.

††† 11th††††††††††††††† Carried out bombardment of shore installations in Gulf of Gaeta with HM Destroyers

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† TUMULT, GRENVILLE and Polish destroyer ORP PIORUN.

 

December†††††††††† Transferred to Adriatic for support of military operations and for interception of

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† enemy supply convoys.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In action with enemy convoy off Kotor and sank small craft.

 

1 9 4 4

 

January††††††††††††††Adriatic deployment in continuation.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bombarded Rovigno in support of military operations.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Embarked General Alexander for passage from Alexandria to Anzio.

 

February ††††††††††††Deployed in Adriatic with Flotilla for support of military convoys and attacks on

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††  shipping.

††††† 27th†††††††††††††† Carried out bombardment of Vela Luka, Yugoslavia.

 

March†††††††††††††††††Adriatic deployment in continuation.

to†††††††††††††††††††††††† Nominated for support of landings in South France as part of US Navy Task Force.

June

 

July††††††††††††††††††††† Transferred to US Command for support of landings in South France.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Operation DRAGOON - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE (HMSO).

 

August††††††††††††††††Joined Task Force 88 under US Command for escort of Escort Aircraft Carriers.

††† 12th†††††††††††† ††††Sailed from Malta as destroyer screen for HM Escort Carriers† ATTACKER, KHEDIVE,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EMPEROR, SEARCHER and PURSUER, HM Cruisers ROYALIST and DELHI with

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† destroyers of 24th Flotilla as Task Group 88.1

††† 15th†††††††††††††††† Deployed for defence of TG88.1 during landings in South France.

††† 19th†††††††††††††††† Withdrawn with TG88.1 for replenishment at Maddalena.

††† 21st†††††††††††††††† Returned to Assault Area with TG88.1.

††† 24th†††††††††††††††† Withdrawn with TG 88.1 for replenishment

††† 27th†††††††††††††††† Released from DRAGOON and took passage to Alexandria.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Returned to RN control.

 

September†††††††††† Joined British Aegean Force with Flotilla to support military operations to occupy

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† islands and in preparation for landings on Greek mainland .

††††††††††††††  ††††††††††† (See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (HMSO).

October

    26th††††††† †††††††††Carried out bombardment of Melos with HM Cruiser AURORA and HM Escort

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Destroyer TETCOTT.

 

November

††† 10th††††††††††††††† Carried out bombardments of Civitano and Pedaso with HM Destroyer GRENVILLE.

 

December†††††††††††Passage to UK to prepare for service in British Pacific Fleet.

 

1 9 4 5

 

January††††††††††††††† Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham to prepare for service with

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4th Destroyer Flotilla in British Pacific Fleet

 

February††††††††††††† Under refit.

to

May

 

June†††††††††††††††††††† Post refit trials and preparation for foreign service.

 

July††††††††††††††††† ††††Passage to Sydney.

 

August††††††††††††††††Joined British Pacific Fleet on arrival.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† † (Note: This ship was not deployed operationally with the British Pacific Fleet

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† on 15th August .

† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Her Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes was changed to D52 after

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† arrival in Australia where she prepared for deployment under US Navy

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††overall command. This identity was changed to conform with US Navy

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† system for destroyer signal identification.)

††††† 27th†††††††††††††† Deployed with HM Aircraft Carrier COLOSSUS, HM Cruisers BERMUDA and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARGONAUT, HM Destroyers TUMULT, TUSCAN and QUIBERON to assist with

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† occupation of Shanghai as part of Task Group 111.

 

P o s t†† W a r†† N o t e s

 

HMS TYRIAN returned to UK after a visit to Melbourne with HM Destroyer TENACIOUS, TUMULT and UNDINE in February 1946. She was reduced to Reserve status at Harwich after arrival on 30th May that year. Transferred to the Reserve Fleet at Chatham in 1949 she laid-up there until 1951 when the ship was converted to a Type 16 Anti-Submarine Frigate at Liverpool. On completion in 1952 she served with the 2nd Training Flotilla at Portland and attended the Coronation Review at Spithead in June 1953 with the Squadron. In September 1953 during NATO Exercise MARINER she ran aground on Haisborough Sands. Again reduced to Reserve in November 1956 she was initially laid-up at Chatham but transferred to Lisahally, Northern Ireland in 1957. Placed on the Disposal List in 1965 she arrived in tow at the Breakerís in Troon, Ayrshire for demolition on 9th March 1965.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS TYRIAN

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

04/06/43

05/06/43

OS 049KM

13/06/43

13/06/43

13/06/43

13/06/43

KMS 016G

15/06/43

15/06/43

19/09/43

19/09/43

NSF 003A

21/09/43

22/09/43

21/04/44

21/04/44

IXF 013

21/04/44

25/04/44

22/05/44

09/06/44

XIF 015

09/06/44

28/05/44

28/06/44

unknown

XIF 017

unknown

02/07/44

18/07/44

18/07/44

IXF 018

19/07/44

22/07/44

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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