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September Deployed on Northern Patrol with
12th Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet
to Scapa Flow.
10th Sailed for interception patrol.
to Scapa Flow
20th Sailed from Scapa Flow for patrol.
to Scapa Flow.
(For details of deployment of
Northern Patrol see THE BLOCKADERS
October Transferred to South American
Division, America and West
passage from Scapa Flow for Plymouth
at Plymouth and AA armament supplemented by fit of 0.5in
with HM Battleship REVENGE, HM Cruisers ENTERPRISE
for transfer of gold bullion for safe custody in Canada.
Took passage to Halifax.
17th Disembarked gold bullion.
Transferred to Halifax Escort Force.
18th Sailed from Halifax for UK as part of escort for Atlantic
November Nominated for transfer of further
13th Passage to Canada after call at Plymouth.
21st Arrived at Halifax and rejoined Halifax Escort Force.
26th Sailed for Bermuda for exercises.
at Halifax from Bermuda.
passage from Halifax with HM Battlecruiser REPULSE,
HM Battleship RESOLUTION and HM
Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS
for military convoy TC1 during Atlantic passage.
(Note: This convoy comprised
troopships AQUITANIA, EMPRESS
OF BRITAIN, EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA, MONARCH
OF BERMUDA and DUCHESS OF ATHOLL taking first
of Canadian troops to UK)
19th Returned to Halifax after detaching from TC1.
20th Sailed from Halifax as escort for Atlantic convoy.
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at Portsmouth for repair.
12th Took passage from Portsmouth for Halifax to resume duties.
22nd Sailed as escort for convoy during Atlantic passage.
February Halifax Escort Force deployment
Sustained structural damage in heavy
weather and machinery
Repair arranged at Southampton.
15th Taken in hand for repair at commercial shipyard.
March Under repair.
30th Post repair trials.
Embarked gold bullion and took passage to Halifax.
Deployed as escort for DUCHESS OF
RICHMOND for passage
from Halifax to Clyde.
Return passage to Halifax.
Deployed for escort of Halifax-Bermuda
from Halifax as escort for troopship EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA
passage to Iceland with Canadian troops for occupation after
fall of Denmark and initial landing of British forces.
at Reykjavik and embarked survivors from British aircraft
German prisoners of war for passage to Clyde.
19th Passage to Greenock.
23rd Embarked gold bullion at Greenock.
from Greenock for Halifax escorted by HM Destroyers
detached due to adverse weather conditions and required speed.
at Halifax to discharge cargo and resume Halifax Escort Force
Deployed for escort of Halifax-Bermuda
escort of troop convoy on return from Bermuda.
Deployed with HM Battleship REVENGE
for escort of military
taking Canadian troops to UK.
in Clyde with TC6.
military convoy WS2 in Clyde as part of escort with HM
Cruiser SHROPSHIRE during passage to Middle
East in NW
from escort of WS2 and took passage to Halifax.
Transferred to Home waters in view of
threat of German invasion and took
passage to Clyde.
(Note: One source records that this
order was made during service
Halifax-Bermuda route after return to Halifax from WS2.)
at Greenock for anti-invasion patrol duties in Western
from Clyde with HMS REVENGE and four destroyers
based at Plymouth.
with HM Destroyers BROKE, VELOX, Polish ORP
GARLAND and ORP BLYSKAWICA to investigate report of two
in area of Scillies.
enemy ship sighted but HM Yacht SAPPHO was sunk near
Falmouth possibly by the reported vessels.
Remained in area with three
destroyers and carried out further search
October Returned to Plymouth.
with HMS REVENGE, seven destroyers and six MGBs to
bombardment of Cherbourg screened by HM Cruisers
NEWCASTLE and CARDIFF with screen of six destroyers.
12th Returned to Plymouth on completion of MEDIUM.
with HMS NEWCASTLE and five destroyers for patrol
HMS NEWCASTLE engaged five German
destroyers off Lands End
but range of
18,000 yards made joint fire with old weapons ineffective.
Under air attack Enemy ships fired
torpedoes which were avoided.
Enemy force retired at high speed
towards Brest and in view of
air support, chase discontinued.
Returned to Plymouth and Paid-off prior to refit.
November Under repair and refit by HM
Additional close range weapons fitted
and after 6” gun removed.
December Under refit at Devonport.
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Sustained damage in collision with
dockyard wall on departure from
taken in hand for repair.
passage from Plymouth to join 4th Cruiser Squadron in the East
and joined military convoy WS5B as part of Ocean Escort with
HM Cruisers NAIAD, PHOEBE and
AUSTRALIAN (RAN) for
with HMAS AUSTRALIA as Ocean Escort for WS5B
NAIAD and PHOEBE detached.
25th At Freetown with WS5B
Capetown with WS5B
(Note: One source records that ship
supported British military
to occupy Italian Somaliland (Operation
CANVAS) and that she rejoined WS5B on
captured on 16th February. This record
to confirmation. Also entries marked *)
from Capetown with WS5B as Ocean Escort.
from Durban with WS5B as Ocean Escort,
from WS5B with troopships EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA,
EMPRESS OF JAPAN, ORMONDE and WINDSOR CASTLE as
Ocean Escort for passage into Mombasa as WS5BX.
Diverted on passage to join HM
Aircraft Carrier HERMES, HM
Cruisers AUSTRALIA (RAN), CANBERRA (RAN), GLASGOW
ENTERPRISE and SHROPSHIRE as Force V in search for German
raider ADMIRAL SCHEER reported in Indian Ocean.
(Note: British freighter CANADIAN
CRUISER reported a raider
21st and was subsequently sunk by ADMIRAL
from Force V when search abandoned
Passage to Bombay.
(Note: Sources are at variance
regarding further escort of WS5BX
escorted by HM Cruiser CAPETOWN to Bombay
and arrived at Bombay on 3rd March.)
at Bombay and joined Squadron for trade defence and
escort in Indian Ocean.
(Note: This date tends to confirm
ship not part of WS5BX
is subject to confirmation)
from Bombay to relieve HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
ANTENOR as escort for Convoy BM4 on
passage to Bombay
from BM4 and took passage to Trincomalee.
Passage to Karachi after call at Colombo.
for support of British operations in Persian Gulf
of German forces being allowed to enter Iraq after
coup d’etat and took passage to Basra at all despatch.
at Basra by HM Cruiser LEANDER which had arrived
military convoy BM7 bringing Indian troops.
Deployed in Persian Gulf up the Shatt-el-Arab in
(Note: During this period an outbreak
of malaria caused concern
as number of
cases reported over 70 with two deaths.)
Released from service with Persian Gulf
Division and took passage
to resume trade
defence duties based at Colombo.
On arrival deployed for escort of
convoy to Singapore.
in collision with HM Cruiser DAUNTLESS in Malacca
sustained major damage.
(Note: This included partial flooding
of forward engine room
structural damage amidships with 14 of ship’s
killed or missing and five injured.)
16th Arrived at Singapore and taken in hand for repair.
Under repair by HM
August On completion of post repair trials took passage to
join Force V
for mercantile which proved to be friendly vessel.
Resumed Indian Ocean trade defence deployment.
25th At Seychelles.
September Deployed in search for Vichy French
ships reported on passage
from Indo China.
HM Cruiser HAWKINS as Ocean Escort for military
during passage to Bombay from Durban.
20th Detached from WS10B on arrival at Bombay.
October Indian Ocean deployment in continuation including search for
French ships and escort of RFA Tanker DERWENTDALE
December from Durban to Aden in November.
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January Escorted transport MOUNT VERNON from Mombasa to join
Escorted BM1 for
passage to Addu Atoll.
joined at Addu Atoll by HM Cruiser DURBAN, Dutch
and HM Sloop JUMNA (RIN) for passage to
Singapore with BM1.
at Singapore with HM Cruiser DURBAN, HM Destroyers
JUPITER and VAMPIRE (RAN) as escort for
Admiral Layton, recently appointed CinC
Fleet after death of Admiral Phillips
at Batavia, Java for passage
Trincomalee to set up headquarters for Eastern Fleet to be
following outbreak of war with Japan.
See Naval Staff History Battle Summary 15 Appendix A and
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Convoy BM12 as escort for passage to Singapore.
Convoy DM2 on passage from Durban
HM Cruiser DANAE and Dutch cruiser JAVA.
Detached when BM12 ships transferred
and took passage to
Resumed trade defence and covering
duties in Indian Ocean.
passage in Indian Ocean rescued nine survivors from
British vessel LAKSHIMA GOVINDA which
had been sunk by
submarine in Bay of Bengal on 10th.
Passage to Karachi to land survivors
Deployed with HM
23rd Nominated for transfer to Eastern Fleet on formation.
25th Rejoined Squadron at Trincomalee.
with HM Battleship WARSPITE, HM Aircraft
Carriers INDOMITABLE and FORMIDABLE
Cruisers CORNWALL, DORSETSHIRE, ENTERPRISE,
HM Destroyers NAPIER, NESTOR,
FOXHOUND for service as Force A.
from Trincomalee with Dutch cruiser HEEMSKERCK
Force A south of Ceylon.
with Force A in search for Japanese warships reported
search after refuelling at Addu Atoll
(Note: HMS DORSETSHIRE and HMS
detached from Force A were recalled but were
sunk on 5th
after being sighted by Japanese aircraft.)
passage to Addu Atoll to refuel when operation
to Bombay with ships of Force A.
Passage to Seychelles with HMS RESOLUTION when Eastern
Fleet transferred to Mombasa in view of vulnerability of
Ceylon to Japanese air attacks.
Passage from Seychelles to Mombasa to resume trade defence,
interception patrol and convoy escort in Indian Ocean.
military convoy WS18 to relieve HM Battleship
RESOLUTION and HM Seaplane Carrier
from WS18 on relief by HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
Escorted damaged battleship HMS RAMILLIES
Aden to Durban with three destroyers.
Detached to carry out patrol 80 miles
east of Durban to
Japanese commerce raiders acting as supply ships
See WAR WITH JAPAN, Volume III (HMSO).
mercantiles from Durban to join military convoy WS19
HMS SHROPSHIRE as Ocean Escort.
from WS19 with HM Destroyers BELVOIR and
HURSLEY and took passage to Mombasa
return to UK for refit.
30th At Simonstown.
Passage to UK from Simonstown
(Note: It may be assumed that the
ship escorted a routine convoy
for all or
part of passage).
in Clyde and took passage to Portsmouth.
August At Portsmouth. Paid off and prepared for refit.
in hand for refit and modernisation by HM Dockyard.
December Aircraft warning radar Type 281
fitted with aerials on new
mainmast and existing foremast.
IFF incorporated in aircraft warning radar fit..
Surface warning radar Type 273 fitted
on Bridge structure.
Fire control radars Type 282 for
close range AA defence
and Type 285
for main armament
Close range AA defence armament
No 7 6in mounting transferred to
After torpedo tube
mounting replaced by Carley Float stowage.
F’csle Plating extended to midships
forward of waist.
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January Under refit.
Post refit trials.
for service in 4th Cruiser Squadron,
Took passage to Scapa Flow.
Carried out work-up for operational service
at Scapa Flow
up at Scapa Flow.
Deployed in NW Approaches
Joined military convoy KMF19 in Clyde
as part of escort during
passage to Gibraltar with troops and equipment for planned
landings in Sicily.
Detached from KMF19 on arrival at Gibraltar and took passage
to Cape of Good Hope.
(Note: One source records convoy
escort between Freetown
and Cape of Good Hope.
August Passage in Indian Ocean.
at Kilindini for redesignated
service with 5th Cruiser
Squadron, Eastern Fleet for trade
defence and convoy escort in
military convoy WS32 as Ocean Escort on passage from
Durban to Bombay.
10th Detached from WS32 on arrival at Bombay.
Took passage to Aden
28th At Aden.
October Deployed for convoy defence
between Aden and Durban.
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January Transferred to Colombo for Fleet duties with 4th Cruiser
and took passage from Kilindini.
February Deployed in Indian Ocean and Arabian
(Note: By February HM Battlecruiser
Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH and
Fleet at Trincomalee and were preparing
operations against enemy positions in Sumatra
and Andaman Islands. See WAR WITH JAPAN and
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET
by J Winton.)
March Nominated for return to UK.
passage from Trincomalee.
32 survivors from British freighter NANCY
MOLLER sunk by a Japanese submarine
(Note: Survivors were landed in Durban)
Passage in Atlantic.
Joined Home Fleet on arrival and took
passage to Rosyth
Nominated for service in support of
planned allied landings
in Normandy with Bombarding Force K and to join Eastern
Task Force on release from Force K
Target in Pre-Arranged Fire Plan –Arromanches for assault
by Force G
on GOLD beaches. For details see LANDINGS
IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO).)
in hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
(Note: Aircraft facilities removed
and additional 20mm
Oerlikon guns fitted.)
On completion joined 10th Cruiser
Squadron at Scapa Flow.
Took part in
bombardment exercises off Cape Wrath.
in Clyde to join ships of Force K
passage to Portsmouth with HM Cruisers ORION,
AJAX, ARGONAUT and Dutch Gunboat FLORES,
delayed 24 hours.
Solent awaiting departure through swept channel.
in Bombardment position.
bombardment of batteries off Gold Beach.
air attack and sustained slight damage from near
naval gunfire support for landing of Royal Marine
Commando attack on
Port en Besin. Towed to position because
of threat from acoustic mines after DRAGON blew up alongside.
to Portsmouth to replenish for further support
Eastern Task Force.
Eastern Task Force
deployment in continuation.
naval gunfire support during military operations
in Caen area.
On release from Eastern Task Force
took passage to Rosyth
repair at Rosyth.
future service under consideration.
(Note: Transfer to RCN for training duties was not
September Withdrawn from operational use and
to Reserve status at Rosyth.
into Reserve Category B at Rosyth.
December Laid-up at Rosyth
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January Deployed as Senior Officer’s
Ship, Reserve Fleet Rosyth.
to August from