U-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered under a War
Emergency Programs in April 1911 from Cammell
Laird at Birkenhead. The ship was laid down on
8th September 1942 as Build Number 11104 and
launched on 19th July 1943 as the 8th RN
warship to carry this name introduced in 1794
for a French Prize. It had been last used by a
submarine built in 1940 but which had been
lost during May 1941. Build was completed on
3rd March 1944. Following a successful WARSHIP
WEEK National Savings campaign during March
1942 she had been adopted by the civil
community of Barking in Greater London.
1900 - DOGGER BANK 1915 -
BELGIAN COAST 1916 -
NORMANDY 1944 - OKINAWA 1945.
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Contractor's sea trials and commissioning. for
service in 25th Destroyer Flotilla
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion of trials and storing took
passage to Scapa
Flow to work-up for operational
duties with ships of Home Fleet..
On completion Joined HM Destroyers GRENVILLE,
ULSTER, URCHIN, UNDINE, URSA
Flotilla for screening of major Home Fleet
Part of screen for HM Battleship ANSON, HM
Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS, HM Escort
SEARCHER, EMPEROR, PURSUER and FENCER, H M
and SHEFFIELD with HM Destroyers MILNE,
VERULAM, METEOR, SWIFT,
VIRAGO, JAVELIN, WAKEFUL, URSA,
ALGONQUIN (RCN), SIOUX (RCN) and Polish ORP PIORUN
during air attacks on German
battleship TIRPITZ in Altenfjord.
(Operation TUNGSTEN - For details see ENGAGE
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C.
CONVOY ! by P Kemp).
Fleet screening and patrol duties in
Nominated with ships of Flotilla for transfer
to Force G during
(For details of naval activities prior to and
during landings and of major ships
Force G see
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO) and
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K.
Took part in preliminary exercises with ships
of Force G.
Joined HM Destroyers JERVIS, CATTISTOCK,
PYTCHLEY, COTTESMORE and Polish
in Force G with ships of Flotilla
At Spithead in
Operation delayed 24 hours.
Joined Convoy G10 with HMS
URSA for escort
through swept channel.
(Note: Convoy comprised HM Frigate KINGSMILL
(HQ Ship Force G2), four Landing
Launches and four rescue craft.).
After arrival Provided naval gunfire support
for landings on GOLD Beach.
Escorted HM Cruiser APOLLO taking General
Eisenhower and Admiral B. Ramsay,
Commander Expeditionary Force (ANXF) from
Portsmouth to beachhead
Embarked General Eisenhower and Admiral Ramsay
from HMS APOLLO after the cruiser
had damaged her
propellers and took passage to Portsmouth.
Deployed in Eastern Task Force Area for
gunfire support and defensive patrols to
intercept enemy surface craft and submarines
attacking ships off beachhead.
After completion of build-up phase retained in
Resumed Home Fleet duties at Scapa
Flow with Flotilla
Nominated for service in Pacific with
Refit and preparation for service with British
Passage to Trincomalee.
Joined British Pacific Fleet on formation.
After arrival detached with Flotilla for
screening of Eastern Fleet major ships and
patrol in Indian
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Detached for duty with Eastern Fleet.
Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS and INDEFATIGABLE,
Cruisers SUFFOLK, CEYLON, ARGONAUT and BLACK
PRINCE with HM Destroyers
UNDINE, GRENVILLE, URANIA, URSA, KEMPENFELT,
WHELP and WAGER as
Task Force 63.
(Operation LENTIL - Air attacks on oil refineries
at Pangkalan Brandan,
(See Operation Pacific by E Gray,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and WAR WITH
Sailed from Ceylon as Task Force 63 (H M
Battleship KING GEORGE V, H M Aircraft
Carriers INDOMITABLE, ILLUSTRIOUS, VICTORIOUS
and INDEFATIGABLE, HM
Cruisers BLACK PRINCE, ARGONAUT and EURYALUS, HM
UNDINE, URSA, KEMPENFELT, WAKEFUL, WHIRLWIND,
WAGER and WHELP.
(Note: Ships of British Pacific Fleet to join US
5th Fleet at Sydney.
Refuelled at sea from Task Force 69.
Part of defence for TF63 during air attacks on
oil refinery at Pladjoe,
Sumatra (Operation MERIDIAN I).
Refuelled at sea from TF69, prior to Operation
Part of defence for TF63 during attacks on
refinery at Soengi-Gerong,
Replenished and took passage to Fremantle.
Transferred with BPF ships to US 5th Fleet and
designated Task Force 57 (TF57).
(For details of naval operations by TF57 see
TASK FORCE 57 by P Smith, OPERATION
PACIFIC, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton, Naval
Staff History and WAR WITH
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to D25 to conform with US Navy
identity for destroyers.
Worked up at Sydney for operations in Central
(Note: These included US Navy signal and
manoeuvring procedures adopted by RN ships for
use during detached service with US Navy.
Exercised on passage to Manus.
On arrival future deployment undecided by
internal US wrangling. See above references
Waited for decision by US Joint Chiefs of
Allocated for service with 5th US Fleet and
given new identity -Task Force 57.
Sailed for Ulithi
as part of screen for ships of Task Force 57-
(Note: TF57 comprised: -
HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and HOWE, HM
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS, ILLUSTRIOUS,
SWIFTSURE, GAMBIA (RNZN), BLACK PRINCE,
EURYALUS, HM Destroyers GRENVILLE, ULSTER,
QUICKMATCH, QUIBERON, QUEENBOROUGH,
WHIRLWIND and WAGER.
Joined 5th US Fleet at Ulithi.
Sailed from Ulithi
with TF57 to operational area off Sakishima
Part of screen during air attacks on airfields
in Sakishima Gunto
(Note: Provision in support during Okinawa
landings Operation ICEBERG ONE)
Screening duties with TF57 in continuation.
Took passage to Leyte
with TF57 on completion of 6th strike period.
Arrived at Layte
for repair and replenishment.
Future deployment of TF57 under consideration
Proposal to transfer BPF to SW Pacific area
cancelled. BPF to remain with 5th Fleet as
Took passage to operational area from Leyte
with TF57 for continuation of attacks on
Group (Operation ICEBERG TWO).
(Note: Other ships in Task Force 57 were:
HM Battleships KING GEORGE V, HOWE, HM
INDEFATIGABLE, FORMIDABLE, VICTORIOUS, HM
Cruisers SWIFTSURE, UGANDA (RCN), GAMBIA
(RNZN), EURYALUS and
BLACK PRINCE with HM Destroyers GRENVILLE,
UNDINE ,URANIA, QUILLIAM , QUIBERON,
QUEENBOROUGH, QUALITY, KEMPENFELT, WHIRLWIND
After arrival in area detached with ships of
25th Destroyer Flotilla to screen HMS KING
GEORGE V, HMS HOWE, HMS SWIFTSURE, HMS BLACK
EURYALUS, HMS GAMBIA and HMS UGANDA during
bombardment of airfields on
(Note: During this bombardment the aircraft
carriers of TF57 came under sustained attack
by bombing including KAMIKAZE aircraft.)
Bombardment curtailed and force returned to
rejoin aircraft carriers).
Deployment with screen for Task Force in
(For details see above references and Naval
Passage to Sydney BPF ships via Manus.
(Note: HMS KING GEORGE V with HMS TROUBRIDGE,
HMS TENACIOUS and
HMS TERMAGANT were detached for passage to
Arrived at Sydney for rest and recuperation
(Note: Ships of BPF were transferred to US 3rd
Fleet during this period owing to a
of US Navy command structure in Pacific and
Task Force 37).
Sailed with Task Force 37 from Sydney for Manus.
(Note: Task Force 37 comprised:
HM Battleship KING GEORGE V, HM Aircraft
IMPLACABLE, HM Cruisers NEWFOUNDLAND, ACHILLES
(RNZN), UGANDA (RCN), EURYALUS, GAMBIA (RNZN)
and BLACK PRINCE
with HM Destroyers QUIBERON, QUADRANT,
TROUBRIDGE, TENACIOUS, TERMAGANT, TEAZER,
GRENVILLE, UNDINE, URANIA, URCHIN. UNDINE and
Arrived at Manus
Sailed for operational area with TF37.
(Note: HMS IMPLACABLE detached because
of machinery defect and joined later)
Transferred to US 3rd Fleet and BPF ships redesignated
as part of Task Force 37.
to Japan with TF37 for joint RN and USN
Deployed with HM Destroyers QUIBERON,
QUICKMATCH, QUALITY, QUADRANT,
TROUBRIDGE, TENACIOUS, TERMAGANT, TEAZER,
UNDINE, URANIA, URCHIN and ULYSSES to screen H
M Battleship KING GEORGE V,
HM Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE, VICTORIOUS
and HMS IMPLACABLE, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND, ACHILLES (RNZN), UGANDA (RCN),
(RNZN) and BLACK PRINCE. TF37 during joint
attacks with US TF38 on targets in Tokyo
and Yokohama areas.
Bombarded targets in South Honshu with TF37.
In action against surface suicide craft.
in operational area with TF37-
Part of screen TF37 ships during combined air
attacks and surface bombardment of
targets in North Honshu and Hokkaido with US
Escorted ships of TF37 to Manus
after reduction of British element due to lack
British sources (See above references).
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS UNDAUNTED returned to UK after VJ Day and was
reduced to Reserve at Devonport.
She was laid up initially at Milford Haven but
returned to Devonport
in 1947. After conversion to Anti-Submarine
Frigate in 1954 she re-commissioned and
remained in service until 1973 when placed on
the Disposal List. This destroyer was then
used as a Target for submarine torpedo trials
and sunk by HM Submarine SWIFTSURE in November
Escort Movements Reported