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Deployed with the 8th Cruiser Squadron on
and West Indies Station.
Took passage to Halifax
for Atlantic convoy defence.
Deployed as Ocean Escort for Convoy HX1
with HM Cruiser BERWICK as relief
Canadian Destroyers SAGUENAY
and ST LAURENT.
Returned to Halifax.
Joined Convoy HXF1 as escort.
Returned to Halifax.
Deployed on convoy defence off Halifax.
Nominated to Join Hunting Group F with HMS
BERWICK for the interception
raiders in West
This Group was never deployed due to
Atlantic convoy defence duty in
Took passage to Bermuda
Under repair to boilers by HM Dockyard,
Completion delayed by electrical defects.
Passage to Halifax
to resume convoy defence duties.
Escorted Convoy HX10 to UK.
(Note: The reason for this Honour is not
clear but ship
Under repair at
commercial shipyard in Liverpool.
9 4 0
Under repair at Liverpool.
On completion joined 1st Cruiser Squadron,
Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
Deployed on Northern Patrol for
interception of blockade runners.
Intercepted German freighter ARUCAS off
on passage from Vigo.
Enemy ship set of fire by crew and
Sunk by gunfire and afterwards 43 of the
survivors were rescued from a boat but
Returned to Scapa
Flow on completion of patrol.
Squadron for Atlantic convoy defence.
with HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE, BERWICK and
GLASGOW preparing for
planned allied landings in Norway
Embarked troops at Rosyth.
Disembarked troops when German invasion of
was confirmed and sailed
to Join Home
Fleet with HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE,
BERWICK and GLASGOW.
Joined Fleet SW of Bergen.
Under heavy and sustained attacks during
which several ships were damaged by near
misses and HM
Destroyer GURKHA (i)
hit and later had to be sunk.
(Note: This event gave a foretaste of the
extent of opposition to be experienced
involving a very heavy expenditure of AA
ammunition with a not
success in destruction of aircraft. See
Naval Staff History – 2000)
Took passage with HM Battleships RODNEY,
VALIANT, WARSPITE. HM Aircraft
FURIOUS and HM Cruisers BERWICK and DEVONSHIRE to carry out attacks on shipping
by aircraft from HMS FURIOUS.
(Note: This operation was cancelled on
by orders from
Deployed in search for shipping between
Attack by U48 was unsuccessful due to
(For details of German torpedo problems
see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Barnett and BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS by
Deployed with HM Cruisers EFFINGHAM, CALCUTTA
and HM Destroyer ASHANTI to
German destroyers reported on passage to Trondheim.
Embarked troops at Rosyth for passage to
reinforce military at Andalsnes.
Took passage with HM Cruisers BIRMINGHAM
accompanied by HM
ARROW and GRIFFIN.
Landed 3,000 men and 300 tons of stores
at Andalsnes (Operation SICKLE).
Passage from Rosyth with HM Cruiser
DEVONSHIRE screened by HM. Destroyers
NUBIAN, HASTY, French cruiser MONTCALM and
French destroyer BISON to escort
troopships to evacuate MAURICE FORCE
Evacuation delayed by fog.
Assisted in evacuation of allied troops
with same ships.
embarked for passage to UK.
Under heavy air attacks during evacuation
operation during which HMS AFRIDI and French
(For details of the disastrous allied
campaign in Norway
see above reference, NARVIK by
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY).
Deployed at Rosyth for anti-invasion
patrol and interception duty in North
(Note: HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and
SHEFFIELD of Squadron which were
Command went to
for same duty.)
Transferred to 18th Cruiser Squadron and
remained at Rosyth.
Deployed on anti-invasion patrol in North Sea based at Rosyth.
Carried out abortive search for GNEISENAU
with HM Battlecruisers
REPULSE, HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE, SHEFFIELD and AUSTRALIA (RAN), screened
Transferred to 7th Mediterranean Fleet.
Escorted military Convoy AP1 on passage to
East with troops for Desert Army
Arrived at Freetown.
Detached from AP1 on arrival at Aden
and relieved by HM Australian Cruiser
HM Cruiser COVENTRY, HM Destroyers DIAMOND
for escort during
Joined following military Convoy AP2 at Aden
as escort for Red Sea passage
(Note: HMS COVENTRY joined later with HM
Destroyers DAINTY and KINGSTON
Convoys AP1, AP 2 (Single ship mv
were all on passage
period and this ship would have provided
cover in event of interception by
raider or enemy warship.)
Joined HM Cruisers LIVERPOOL,
GLOUCESTER and SYDNEY (RAN) in 3rd Cruiser
Squadron at Alexandria.
Provided cover for HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER
and LIVERPOOL taking troops to Malta
units including HM Battleships VALIANT,
ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Cruisers ORION and SYDNEY
(RAN) screened by Fleet destroyers.
(Fleet Operation MB5 –
Intended to tempt action by Italian
Fleet. See references)
Under air attacks.
Remained at sea when HMS LIVERPOOL and HMS
GLOUCESTER were detached to land
Took passage from Malta
area when HM Cruisers rejoined Fleet.
Arrived at Alexandria.
Joined HM Cruisers AJAX, GLOUCESTER,
LIVERPOOL and SYDNEY (RAN) to cover
Convoy MW2 to Malta
and returning ME2 (Fleet Operation MB6).
Remained with Fleet when convoy arrived
Detached to sink Italian destroyer
ARTIGLIERE which had been damaged in
action with HM
at 0153 on 12th. A flying boat sighted
her at 0710 and HM Cruiser ORION
ship burning at 0712
On arrival ARTIGLIERE was found to be in
tow by another Italian
destroyer which then
high speed. ARTIGLIERE
and personnel abandoned ship using
floats dropped by HMS YORK
which sank the
enemy ship by
gunfire and torpedo
spectacular explosion. For details see Naval Staff
History (HMSO 2001).
Took passage to rejoin Fleet for return
Arrived at Alexandria
Covered passage of Malta Convoy MW3 with
Under air attacks during which two
aircraft were destroyed.
Met HM Battleship BARHAM, HM Cruisers
BERWICK and GLASGOW escorted by HM
Destroyers GREYHOUND, GALLANT and GRIFFIN
in transit to reinforce the Fleet in
(Operation COAT - For details see
ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by
Bamett, THE BATTLE
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by Donald
and Naval Staff
Detached to escort HM Aircraft Carrier
ILLUSTRIOUS with HM Cruisers BERWICK
and GLOUCESTER screened by HM Destroyers
HAVOCK, HEREWARD and
strikes on Italian Fleet at Taranto
Embarked troops at Alexandria
for passage to Piraeus with HM Cruisers,
GLOUCESTER, AJAX, ORION and SYDNEY
Returned to Alexandria
Deployed with HM Cruisers GLASGOW and GLOUCESTER
as Force E to cover passage of
convoy and to
support Fleet units covering transfer of
reinforcements to the
Fleet based at Alexandria
(Force F - Operation COLLAR)
(For details see above
Returned to Alexandria.
Sailed from Alexandria
with HM Battleships WARSPITE, VALIANT, HM
ILLUSTRIOUS screened by 11 destroyers as
Force A and HM Cruiser as Force B.
(Operation HIDE – carry
out offensive operations in eastern Mediterranean,
air attacks on Valona,
air operations on shipping and provide
cover for passage
of convoys. See
Naval Staff History for details.)
Joined by HM Cruisers ORION, SYDNEY (RAN)
Detached from Force A
with HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and four destroyers
Took passage to
Provided cover during air operations.
Rejoined Force A which
had carried out bombardment and took
passage to Malta.
Covered entry of HMS WARSPITE into Malta
Detached from Force A with all cruisers
and returned to Alexandria.
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Escorted RFA Fleet Tanker BRAMBLELEAF to Suda Bay, Crete with HM Cruiser ORION,
HM Corvettes PEONY, GLOXINIA, HYACINTH and
Joined Force D at Suda
Bay with ORION, AJAX and PERTH as part of
of military convoy from Gibraltar
to Malta and
and convoys to and from
(Note: This complex operation was subjected
to sustained air attacks by German
aircraft for the
first time in
See above references).
Met HM Battleships WARSPITE
, VALIANT, HM Aircraft Carrier
ILLUSTRIOUS and a
destroyers deployed as Force A in
position SE of Malta.
military convoy and joined by HM Cruiser
was in transit
to reinforce Mediterranean Fleet at Alexandria.
Passage to Alexandria
as escort for two mercantiles
from EXCESS convoy as Convoy ME5 ˝
with HM Cruiser
and two destroyers.
(Note: Main Fleet units providing Distant
Cover were under sustained German air
10th during which HMS ILLUSTRIOUS was made
Arrived in Alexandria.
Deployed with Mediterranean Fleet cruiser
force in Eastern
Covered passage of military convoys to Greece
Transferred to Suda
Bay with Mediterranean Fleet cruisers.
(For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY and Naval Staff History)
Deployed at Suda
Damaged by at Suda
Bay by explosive motor boat launched from
an Italian destroyer.
Ship was at anchor and then beached to
Used for harbour AA defence.
(Note: Some of ship’s company
provided beach parties during the
Two divers examining hull killed by a near
miss which also further damaged structure.
Salvage investigations in continuation.
Hit during bombing attacks and damaged
Ship abandoned after main armament
destroyed by demolition charges.