Repeat TRIBAL-Class destroyer ordered from Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle on 19th June in the
1936 Programme and laid down on 5th August that year .She was launched on 3rd
September 1937 as the 1st RN warship to carry the name. After completion of
build on 30th December 1938 she was deployed in the Home Fleet with the 6th
Destroyer Flotilla. In February 1942 after a successful WARSHIP WEEK
National Savings Campaign she was adopted by the civil community of Gateshead, then part of County Durham. For further details
of this Class see THE TRIBALS by M Bryce).
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
NORWAY 1940-41 - NARVIK 1940 - ARCTIC 1942 - MALTA
CONVOYS 1942 - NORTH AFRICA1942-43 - SICILY 1943 - NORMANDY 1944
ENGLISH CHANNEL 1944 - BURMA 1944-45
- EAST INDIES 1945
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August Deployed with 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Hone
Part of screen for major units during patrol
in NW Approaches and North Sea for interception of
German warships during passage into the
Atlantic for attacks on shipping after
outbreak of war.
September Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
26th Deployed with HM Destroyers SOMALI, MATABELE
and MASHONA to escort HM Submarine
return passage in North Sea.
SPEARFISH had been damaged by depth charge attacks whilst on patrol
off Horns Reef. See FRIEND OR FOE by P
October Present during visit by HM
King George V to Hone Fleet at Scapa Flow.
14th Carried out anti-submarine search off
after the sinking of HM Battleship ROYAL
OAK by U47 whilst
17th Shot down one aircraft during air
attack at Scapa Flow.
18th Assisted with beaching of HM
Battleship IRON DUKE which had been damaged in the
(Note; HMS IRON DUKE
remained at Scapa Flow and was used as a Depot and
Accommodation ship for the rest of WW2.)
29th Deployed with Home Fleet during
search for German battleship GNEISENAU and the
cruiser KOLN reported on passage into the Atlantic.
November Nominated for refit and repair of
propulsion defects and leaks.
were a common feature on ships of this Class due to stresses on hull
structure when steaming at high speed in rough weather.
See AFRIDI TO NIZAM by J English.)
7th Taken in hand for refit and repair by
Smiths Dock at North Shields.
24th Repair work to replace turbine blades
transferred to JI Thornycroft
shipyard at Woolston
December At North Shields awaiting passage
1 9 4 0
Passage to Southampton
15th Taken in hand for turbine repairs
February Under repair.
5th On completion of post refit trials
took passage to rejoin Flotilla at Scapa Flow.
8th Deployed with Flotilla for Home Fleet
screening and patrol duties.
then comprised HM Destroyers SOMALI (Leader), ASHANTI, MATABELE,
MASHONA, BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, ESKIMO and TARTAR.)
7th Sailed from Scapa
Flow as part of screen for HM Battleships RODNEY and VALIANT,
HM Battlecruiser REPULSE, HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD, PENELOPE and French
BERTIN with HM Destroyers CODRINGTON,
GRIFFIN, JUPITER, ELECTRA, ESCAPADE,
PUNJABI and KIMBERLEY to carry out search for German warships
reported by aircraft as on passage in North Sea west of Jutland.
enemy move was part of the planned invasion o Norway. For details of naval
operations during this disastrous campaign see NAVAL OPERATIONS OF THE
CAMPAIGN IN NORWAY (HMSO), NARVIK by D
Macintyre, ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett, THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by Adams
CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton.)
8th Detached with HM Destroyers PUNJABI, BEDOUIN
and KIMBERLEY as destroyer screen
Battlecruiser REPULSE and HM Cruiser PENELOPE during passage to join HM
RENOWN was covering a minelay off north Norway
searched for survivors from HM Destroyer GLOWWORM
which had been sunk
in a valiant
attack of the German cruiser HIPPER.
For details of
this and all Norwegian operations see NARVIK by D
Macintyre and Naval Staff
9th Deployed for
patrol off Vest Fjord with same destroyers to intercept
enemy warships known to
be on passage to Narvik.
(Note: The German destroyers had already
11th Deployed with HMS PENELOPE and HMS KIMBERLEY to investigate reported
German troops at Bodo.
During passages HMS
PENELOPE ran aground and sustained serious damage,
cruiser in tow to Skelfjord for temporary repair and
rejoined other British
warships off Narvik.
13th Took part in 2nd Battle of NARVIK with HM Battleships WARSPITE and destroyers of Home
Fleet (See above
destroyer HERMANN KUNNE which had run aground and been
destroyer HANS LUDEMANN.
Hit by torpedo
from German destroyer1 GEORG
THIELE and lost part of bow structure.
action and towed to Skelfjord by HMS BEDOUIN.
repair to allow passage to UK for major repair work.
from Harstad under tow after repair at Skelfjord, escorted by HM Destroyers
VOLUNTEER and HM Sloop FLEETWOOD.
4th Arrived at Barrow for repair.
July Under repair
(Note X Mounting replaced by twin 4in mounting to
improve AA defence.
Number for visual signalling purposes changes to G75.
August Post repair trials and
prepared for operational service.
5th On completion rejoined Flotilla for
duty with Home Fleet for screening of major Fleet unit
duties in NW Approaches and North Sea.
October Home Fleet deployment in
1 9 4 1
January Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
1st Escorted ss PRINCESS
EMMA and ss PRINCESS BEATRIX
for raid by 3 and 4 Commando
on Lofoten Islands with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN and TARTAR of
REBEL - Operation CLAYMORE - See THE WATERY MAZE by B.
4th During landing of Commando troops
intercepted German trawler KREBS off Svolvaer which
. ENIGMA coding
machine had been jettisoned but a set of rotors was recovered.
THE ENIGMA by D Kahn, ULTRA GOES TO WAR by R Lewin.
and BRITISH INTELLIGENCE IN WW2
part in Fleet operation to search for German GNEISENAU
and SCHARNHORST in
5th Deployed with HM Cruisers EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM,
HM Destroyers NESTOR, SOMALI end BEDOUIN to Intercept and
capture the German
Weather Ship MUNCHEN.
(Note This operation was planned in order to obtain an ENIGMA coding machine.
22nd Deployed as
screen for HM Battleship RODNEY and mv BRITANNIC with
24th Remained with mv
BRITANNIC as escort when HMS TARTAR and HMS MASHONA
detached to join
Home Fleet in search for German battleship
BISMARCK after the sinking of
HM Battlecruiser HOOD
June After arrival of mv BRITANNIC in Halifax returned to Scapa
Flow and rejoined Flotilla for
Home Fleet duties.
for refit and took passage to Thames.
8th Taken in hand by Green and Silley Weir at Millwall.
this refit, the after funnel was shortened and main mast removed to improve
arcs of firing for AA weapons. Radar Type 286M was also fitted. This was
Air-Surface set modified for naval use with a fixed aerial array which limited
a ship platform. See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse for
details of development and
of radar in the RN.)
August Under refit
12th On completion of post refit trials took
passage to Scapa Flow to rejoin Flotilla for Home
21st Deployed for screening of Home Fleet
major warships, patrol and convoy defence in
October Home Fleet Flotilla duties
22nd Deployed with HM Cruiser ARETHUSA.
HM Destroyers ASHANTI, .BEDOUIN,
. SOMALI, HM
Escort Destroyers WHEATLAND, LAMERTON, Polish ORP KRAKOWIAK
ORP KUJAWIAK for support of
raid by No 12 Commando on Lofoten Islands.
Searched for shipping off Vestfjord during landings from HM Landing Ships PRINCE
PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. (See THE WATERY MAZE).
24th Detached with HMS SOMALI and HNS
ASHANTI for shipping search in Vestfjord.
1 9 4 2
January Home fleet deployment
for screening and patrol duties in continuation.
March Deployed with HM
Destroyers ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ECHO, ESCAPADE,
FAULKNOR. FORESIGHT, ICARUS,
INGLEFIELD, LEDBURY, MARNE,
ONSLOW, PUNJABI, TARTAR and WHEATLAND as screen
for H M
Battleships DUKE OF YORK and KING GEORGE V, HM Battlecruiser
Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers BERWICK and KENT
cover for passage of Russian Convoy PQ13 and return Convoy QP9.
details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruaeg,
by Peter Kemp, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN
The strong Home Fleet cover for this convoy was provided to meet threat
presented by the German battleship TIRPITZ
known to be baaed in Norway.)
9th Deployed as part of screen for HMS
VICTORIOUS during unsuccessful operation to carry
out air attack
11th Detached with other Home Fleet destroyers
to intercept TIRPITZ off Bodo.
contact was made and battleship arrived at Trondheim
without being sighted.
31st Deployed with ships of Flotilla to
cover passage of ten Norwegian mercantiles on
Baltic where they .had been in Swedish ports.
PERFORMANCE - Only two ships were able to reach UK.)
3rd Resumed Home Fleet screening
duties with Flotilla
. 10th Part of screen for HMS DUKE OF
YORK. HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS VICTORIOUS,
NIGERIA end KENT with HM Destroyers
MATCHLESS, MIDDLETON, OFFA, ONSLOW,
WHEATLAND to provide cover for the passage of Russian Convoy PQ14 to
Murmansk and return Convoy QP10.
May Nominated for refit and tool passage to Falmouth.
9th Taken in hand by Silley Cox shipyard.
(Note: Work carried out included fit of Type 285 Fire-control radar for main
a High Frequency Direction Finding outfit for use in determining source
transmissions during anti submarine operations. See SEEK AND STRIKE by W
20mm Oerlikon weapons were added to improve Close Range aircraft
defence. Fit of surface warning radar Type 271 at this refit is to be
June Under refit.
12th On completion of post refit trials
and calibration of radar prepared for operational
Fleet with Flotilla.
21st Deployed with Flotilla based at Scapa Flow for Home Fleet duties.
August Detached for
escort of How Fleet unite deployed in support of relief convoy from UK to
Narrows (Operation PEDESTAL).
3rd Joined Convoy WS12S on passage to
Fleet ships detached were:
HMS NELSON, HMS RODNEY, HM Cruisers KENYA and NIGERIA with HM
Destroyers AMAZON, ASHANTI, MALCOLM,
QUENTIN, SOMALI, TARTAR, BRAMHAM, DERWENT, LEDBURY.
WILTON and ZETLAND.)
11th Joined Force X on arrival In the
Mediterranean as screen for HM Cruisers CAIRO,
KENYA and MANCHESTER with HM Destroyers INTREPID, ICARUS,
ITHURIEL, FURY, PATHFINDER, PENN, LEDBURY,
13th Stood by HMS MANCHESTER with HMS
SOMALI after the cruiser had been torpedoed
These two ships rescued 141 survivors from HMS
MANCHESTER and mercantiles
during transit of PEDESTAL Convoy.
(For full details see PEDESTAL
by P. Smith and MALTA CONVOYS by R
15th Returned to Gibraltar with ships
of Force X.
16th Deployed with FM Destroyers LAFOREY, LOOKOUT, LIGHTNING ,ANTELOPE,
WISHART, DERWENT, KEPPEL, MALCOLM, BICESTER, SOMALI and
VENOMOUS as escort for HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS
and HM Aircraft Carrier
delivery of SPITFIRE aircraft to Malta.
(Note: 29 of the 32 aircraft arrived safely in Malta.)
18th On return from BARITONE released from Mediterranean Station and
returned to UK.
28th Rejoined Flotilla at Scapa Flow after call in Clyde.
for Hone Fleet duties.
9th Joined Russian Convoy PQ16 with HM
Cruiser SCYLLA, HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
FAULKNOR, IMPULSIVE, INTREPID, MARNE, MARTIN, METEOR,
MILNE, OFFA, ONSLAUGHT, ONSLOW,
OPPORTUNE, SOMALI and TARTAR
(Note: Cover was provided by Hone Fleet major wits (See above
17th Detached from PQ18 to join return
Convoy QP14 with HMS SCYLLA, HM Escort
Carrier AVENGER and destroyers.
20th Stood by HM Destroyer SOMALI which had been badly damaged by a torpedo from
21at Detached from QP14 and escorted HMS
SOMALI under during tow by HMS ASHANTI
HMS INTREPID, HMS OPPORTUNE and HM Trawler LORD MIDDLETON
. 24th Returned to Scapa
Flow when HMS SOMALI broke in two after weather deteriorated.
(Note: Rescued 50
survivors from HMS SOMALI..)
October Flotilla duties with
Home Fleet in continuation.
Nominated for escort duties during planned allied landings in North
TORCH - For details see Naval Staff
History and BRITISH INVASION
FLEETS by J de Winser.)
November Took passage to
Gibraltar for service with Force H during landings.
5th Arrived at Gibraltar and prepared for
support duties in covering force
8th Deployed with covering force during
20th Nominated for service in 6th Destroyer
Flotilla with HM Destroyer TARTAR in Force
based at Bone for interception of enemy supply convoys to North Africa.
1st Assisted HM Cruiser MANXMAN after torpedo
damage whilst on passage to Malta from
Algiers (See Naval Staff History (Mining).
2nd Escorted HMS MANXMAN during tow to Oran by HM Destroyer PATHFINDER
Joined Force Q on arrival..
with HM Cruiser ARGONAUT and ships of Force Q for interception of
14th Under air and submarine attacks whilst
on return passage from Bizerta-Maritimo
during which HMS ARGONAUT was hit by torpedo fired by Italian submarine
MOCENIGO and badly damaged.
stricken cruiser TO Algiers with HM Destroyer QUALITY
1 9 4 3
January Force Q deployment in continuation
Sustained damage to electrical wiring and fittings after fire in forward
13th Taken in hand for repair at Mers-el-Kebir by staff from HM
in use as Depot and Repair ship.
February Under repair.
7th Resumed service with Force Q.
duties with cruisers of Force Q.
Carried interception patrol and convoy escort off coasts of Algeria and
part in blockade of Cape Don area to prevent escape of Axis forces from N.
defeat of enemy in Tunisia.
(Operation RETRIBUTION - For
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D
in central Mediterranean.
20th Escorted HM Cruiser AURORA taking HM King, George VI for visit to Malta with
HMS LOOKOUT, HMS NUBIAN and HMS JERVIS.
Nominated for support of
planned allied landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
details sea ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, Naval Staff History
and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J
for service in Support Force East.
8th Passage to ACID Beach as part of
escort for Convoy MWF36.
10th Provided naval gunfire support
during landings and supplemented defence of ships off
Assisted in rescue of
survivors from Hospital Ship TALAMBA which was bombed
aircraft and set on fire, sinking later.
(Note: This snip was floodlit and clearly identified).
11th Attempted to force entry into Marsala with HM Destroyer EXMOOR and Greek
destroyer KANARIS but prevented by return fire
12th Embarked Rear Admiral T Troubridge for passage to Augusta.
(Note: Rear Admiral Troubridge was Naval Commander
for ACID Sector.)
Under air attack
and hit aft by bomb which started fire in fuel tanks and caused structural
damage with some flooding.
personnel were killed with 22 injured.
transferred to Hospital Ship and Admiral was transferred to HM Cruiser
Ship taken in tow to Malta by
HMS TARTAR .
13th Taken in hand for temporary
repair to allow passage to IK.
24th Took passage to UK.
9th Taken in hand for repair in Humber
1 9 4 4
for service with 10th Destroyer Flotilla based at Plymouth.
March Carried out post repair trials.
Passage to Plymouth to Join
HM Destroyers JAVELIN, Polish PIORUN and Polish BLYSKAWICA in
20th Division of Flotilla.
(Note: 19th Division of Flotilla comprised H M Destroyers TARTAR,
HAIDA (RCN) and HURON
with Flotilla for patrol and convoy defence In SW Approaches.
Nominated for support of planned allied landings In Normandy
(Operation NEPTUNE - For details
of naval activities before and during landings
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
June 1944 HMSO) and D-DAY SHIPS by J de Winser.
deployment at Plymouth In continuation.
6th Deployed with destroyers of 19th
and 20th Divisions for patrol In SW Approaches
to prevent enemy surface or submarine attack on cross Channel assault
9th Intercepted German flotilla NW
of Isle de Bas after report by aircraft.
Took part in engagement with destroyers ZH1 (Ex Dutch TJERK HIDDES),
Z32 (NARVIK-Class), Z24 (NARVIK-Class)
and T24 (ELBING-Class).
Sank ZH1 by torpedo after surface gun engagement.
(Note: Z32 was damaged by HMCS HAIDA
and HMCS HURON and ran ashore.
Z24 and T2M were damaged but managed escaped to Brest.
140 Germans were rescued
by the RN snips and 29 other reached Ile de
HMS TARTAR was damaged by shore gunfire).
24th Participated in sinking of U971 in
position 49.01N 05.35W with HMCS HAIDA
. (Note: Submarine attacked first by LIBERATOR aircraft of Czech Squadron and was
forced to surface by ship depth
Submarine then abandoned and scuttled.
52 of her crew were rescued.)
See U-0BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp
27th Intercepted and sank German
minesweeper and patrol vessel south of Jersey.
Sustained damage from 3in shell.
July Deployed for interception
patrol with WS JAVELIN and HMCS HURON
. 2nd Involved in collision with HMS
JAVELIN on return passage and badly
Ship disabled and taken in to Plymouth by HMCS
13th Passage to Liverpool for repair.
14th Taken In hand for repair in Birkenhead.
August Under repair
to Nominated for service in Eastern Fleet with
November On completion of post repair trials took
passage to rejoin Flotilla at Plymouth
December Deployed at Plymouth
with Flotilla and prepared for foreign service.
1 9 4 5
for escort duty during passage to Indian Ocean.
Passage to Clyde from Plymouth.
11th Part of escort for four Escort
Aircraft Carriers during passage to Trincomalee
Exercised in Mediterranean for operation in Eastern Fleet.
in Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
7th Joined Eastern Fleet on arrival
16th Deployed with HM Destroyer ROEBUCK,
HM Indian Sloop CAUVERY and
HM Indian Sloop JUMNA to provide naval gunfire support during landings at
(Operation TURRET - For details of operations by Eastern Fleet off Burma see
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J. Winton,
OPERATION PACIFIC by E Cray and
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Fleet deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
27th Bombarded Pagoda Point, Burma
with HMS ROEBUCK.
28th Deployed with HMS ROEBUCK and
Motor Launches to carry cut a diversionary
raid on Gwa, Lower Burma.
Flotilla deployment in continuation.
Prepared for support of landings at Rangoon (Operation DRACULA).
27th DRACULA assault force set out from Akyab and Kyaukpuku.
(Note: Ship name not included in references.)
During this period the Eastern Fleet carried out Operation DUKEDOM to
and destroy Japanese shipping; evacuation troops from Buroa and the Andamans.
19th Eastern Fleet units sailed from
(Note: This ship is not recorded with HMS TARTAR and HMS NUBIAN in
of the 26th Flotilla also part of Force 61 carried out a brilliant
night action against the Japanese cruiser HAGURO and sank her in a
torpedo attack. The deployment of HMS ESKIMO
in DUKEDOM is thus
obscure. See above references.)
5th Deployed with HM Destroyers
TARTAR, NUBIAN, PALADIN and PENN to
carry out an anti-shipping sweep between Nicobars
and Sabang as Force 65.
IRREGULAR - See above references).
7th HMS PALADIN detached to
evacuate SOE party from Natu
Islands off Sumatra.
12th Following report from HM
Submarine TRIDENT intercepted KUROSHIYO
MARU No 2 and an escorting Submarine Chaser (57) off Nirthern
out torpedo attack
on KUROSHIO which sank the ship.
(Note: HMS NUBIAN sank
the Submarine Chaser by gunfire.
were unwilling to be picked up.)
Force 65 came under retaliatory air attacks.
15th Returned to Trincomalee at end of patrol.
Deployed with HMS ROEBUCK and HMS VIGILANT as screen
for HM Escort
Aircraft Carriers AMEER and EMPEROR in Force
61 to provide cover for 6th
Minesweeping Flotilla during clearance of mines in approaches toi Malacca
(Operation COLLIE - also intended to attract Japanese aircraft
Cape Nicobar. See above references.)
7th Took part in bombardment of Nancowry with ships of Force 61
13th Returned to Trincomalee
with Force 61.
Nominated for refit in Durban.
31st Took passage for Durban.
10th Arrived at Durban and taken in
hand for refit.
P o s t W a r N o t e
HMS ESKIMO completed refit in October and took
passage to return to UK on 4th November 1945. She arrived at Sheerness on
8th December and Paid-off at Chatham.
After reduction to Reserve status in February 1946 she went to
Queenborough in the Medway for use as an Accommodation Ship for crews of minesweepers
being placed in Reserve. The ship went to lay-up at Harwich in November 47
and was used for Ship Target Trials in
the Clyde area in 1948. On completion of these trials she was placed on the
Disposal List and sold to West of Scotland Shipbreakers
at Troon where she arrived on 27th June 1949. HMS
ESKIMO was the last of the four TRIBAL Class destroyers that survived WW2. On 20th
March 1961 this Name was again used when given to a TRIBAL Class Frigate when
launched by J S White at Cowes, IoW. The Frigate remained in
service till 1981 when she too was placed on the Disposal List.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS
by Don Kindell
This convoy list has not been cross-checked with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)