9 4 4
and commenced Acceptance Trials.
completion of trials and storing took
passage to Scapa
Flow to work-up with ships of
up with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
with Home Fleet
Nominated for duty with Eastern Fleet
with 4th Cruiser Squadron.
Passage to Plymouth.
Under refit for foreign
service at Devonport.
Passage to Mediterranean.
Deployed in Eastern
British Pacific Fleet on formation.
from Suez to Ceylon
Arrived at Trincomalee..
Fremantle with HM Escort Carriers FENCER
and STRIKER screened by
by HM Escort Carriers ATHELING, BATTLER
and HM Cruiser
Detached with HMS
ACHILLES for independent passage.
Arrived at Hobart
Passage to Sydney to join British Pacific
9 4 5
at Sydney and took part in Fleet exercises to
service with US Navy ships.
These included use of US Navy signalling
ships were identified as Task Group 113.
approval for deployment of
RN ships with US 5th Fleet was delayed.
OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray, THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton,
Force 57 by P
Took passage with ships of Task Group
113 to British Forward Base at Manus, Admiralty
(Note: Part of
Unit 5 with HM Cruisers GAMBIA, BLACK
PRINCE and ARGONAUT.)
HM Battleship HOWE joined TG
113 during passage.
Arrived at Manus to await approval for
operational service with US Navy
Approval for joint service with US 5th
Sailed with TF113.5 to Ulithi
further exercises on passage.
Allocated to 5th
Fleet and designated Task Force 57.
to support joint RN/USN carrier air
operations against airfields and shore
Operation ICEBERG I)
task Force 58 were also
deployed in this Operation.)
Replenished in Area ANT from British
Fleet Train (TF113)
Deployed in support of carrier air
This began a pattern of a period providing
defence with TF57 followed by
replenishment and two or three days
by British aircraft.
were made in
designated areas. See WAR WITH JAPAN.
above references for details.)
Under KAMIKAZE attacks.
After replenishment in Area COOTIE
carried took passage to provide cover
during air operations
airfields in Formosa
by RN carriers (Operation
Took passage to Leyte
after final air operations in ICEBERG I.
Arrived at Leyte
Sailed from Leyte
with TF57 to resume air operations in Sakashima-Gunto
in conjunction with
carriers (Operation ICEBERG II)
After replenishment in Area COOTIE
Cruisers BLACK PRINCE and EURYALUS to
bombard targets at Mitako
Returned from bombardment after ships
Gunto had been
and conventional air attacks.
above references for details of damage to
pattern of air strike operations and replenishment
Under further air
attacks with damage to US and RN
Deployed with HM Destroyer KEMPENFELT as
Air Picker away from carriers to give
enemy air attacks.
Took passage to Manus with ships of TF57
on completion of final air operations and
HM Battleship KING GEORGE V which had only
recently joined BPF detached and
passage to Guam.)
Deployed at Manus for
Nominated for special
operation to carry out air strikes and
bombardments on Truk.
Sailed from Manus with HMS IMPLACABLE,
HM Escort Carrier RULER, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND and ACHILLES (RNZN) as TF
111.2 with Fleet destroyer
screen to carry
out air strikes and bombard enemy
defence during strikes by aircraft from
with HM Destroyer TEAZER.
completion took passage.
Passage from Manus to
at Sydney for R&R and to prepare for service
US Fleet as part of Task Force 37
Nominated for refit
before rejoining BPF in operations
targets on Japanese mainland.
Under refit in Sydney.
refit and carried out post refit trials.
rejoin TF37 at Manus returned to RN
control and redeployed for
re-occupation of Hong
Took passage to Subic
Joined British TG111 on formation at Subic
Sailed with HMS INDOMITABLE, HM Light
Fleet Aircraft Carrier VENERABLE, HM
EURYALUS and BLACK PRINCE, HM LCI(L)
PRINCE ROBERT (RCN),
and supported by minesweepers and
Joined by HM Battleship ANSON and HM
Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier VENGEANCE
off Hong Kong prior to mine clearance operations.
Entered Hong Kong with TG111.2 after
threat of attacks by Japanese explosive
boats had been
aircraft from HMS VENGEANCE.