sea trials and commissioned for service in
11th Destroyer Flotilla.
Accepted into service.
Destroyers RAIDER, MUSKETEER, QUEENBOROUGH,
ORP PIORUN as screen for HM Battleships KING
GEORGE V and HOWE, HM Cruisers KENT,
BERWICK and BERMUDA during
provision of cover
for passage of Convoy RA51 from Kola Inlet to
9 4 3
with Home Fleet and prepared for foreign
for escort of military convoy WS26 and took
passage to Greenock.
Joined WS26 in Clyde
with HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
CANTON and CICILIA
and HM Destroyer
QUADRANT as Ocean Escort during passage to Freetown..
been an increased sinking by submarine attacks
in this area).
Detached from WS26
on arrival at Freetown.
Rejoined WS26 during passage to South
Africa from Freetown as Escort to Durban.
Detached from W326
on arrival at Durban.
to join military convoy.
Rejoined WS26 as escort with HM Destroyers
BLACKMORE and CATTERICK,
and Local Escort for passage in Indian
covered by HM Cruisers CERES
Detached from WS26 and took passage to
reinforce escort of Convoy DN21 with
attack by U160.
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO) and HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR
by C Blair
for convoy defence In South Atlantic and Indian
Eastern Fleet were detached for service In
because of the Increase
in U-Boat activity. See above
Joined HM Cruiser KENYA,
HM Destroyers QUADRANT and REDOUBT
Destroyer RACEHORSE to reinforce Ocean Escort
of military convoy WS28
during passage from
to Cape of Good Hope.
Rejoined WS28 on sailing from Capetown with
HM Destroyers REDOUBT and
as escort during passage
Detached from WS28 with HMS REDOUBT covered
by HM Cruiser KENYA.
Safe passage of military convoys to support
operations in Egypt
priority for deployment of naval resources).
Passage to South
Atlantic for escort of military convoy
passage from Freetown
to Cape of Good Hope.
Joined HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE
and HM Destroyer LEWES with
in escort of WS29. during
Detached from WS29
with HMS RACEHORSE on arrival at Capetown.
Joined part of WS26 on sailing from Capetown
with HM Destroyers
as escort for
passage to Durban.
Detached from WS29 with HMS RACEHORSE and HMS
Deployed with ships of Flotilla
for convoy defence and interception patrols in
Joined HM Cruisers SUFFOLK
and NEWCASTLE with HM Destroyers
and RACEHORSE in search for German U-Boat
SCHLIEMANN reported to be on passage in Indian
Ocean for replenishment of
(Operation FLAYER. See WAR WITH JAPAN
Search abandoned after no sighting was made
of German ship.
Indian Ocean deployment
to Join military
convoy WS32 in South
Atlantic during passage
to Cape of
Good Hope from Freetown.
Joined HM Frigates DERG, KALE and TAY
with HM Destroyers
RAPID as escort
for WS32 to Capetown.
Detached from WS32 on arrival at Capetown
and resumed Flotilla duties
Atlantic and Indian Ocean in continuation.
Transferred to Ceylon for service with Eastern
to Colombo for Fleet duties.
Convoy defence deployment
9 4 4
patrol and convoy defence duties.
HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE in search for U-Boat
supply ship in
based in Mauritius.
Intercepted German supply ship CHARLOTTE
ship engaged with main armament and scuttled
tanker had been supporting U-Boats of the
Group which were
based at Penang.
U-BOAT WAR records rescue of survivors.).
Destroyer Flotilla comprising HM Destroyers
and ROEBUCK deployed in Indian Ocean.
duties with Convoy defence and interception
patrol in continuation.
Deployed with HM Destroyers QUILLIAM, QUALITY,
REDOUBT and RAPID
for screening of HM Aircraft Carrier
ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Escort
Aircraft Carrier ATHELING, HM Cruisers
CEYLON and PHOEBE as Force 68.
(Note: This was a deception operation intended
to threaten attacks
on Sabang, Sumatra
by carrier aircraft.).
Operation cancelled except for deployment of
HM Submarine SURF
transmit wireless signals from flying off
position to simulate
Return passage to Ceylon with Force 68.
Deployed with HM Destroyers QUALITY, QUILLIAM,
ROTHERHAM, RAIDER, RACEHORSE and ROEBUCK
as screen for
ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, French
HM Cruisers NIGERIA, KENYA and CEYLON as Force
during air attacks on Port Blair, Andamans.
On completion returned to Ceylon with Force
with Flotilla for Fleet screening and patrol
duties in Indian
Joined HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH and
RENOWN, French battleship RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers
NIGERIA, KENYA, CEYLON, PHOEBE, GAMBIA
and Dutch cruiser
TROMP as screen with HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM,
RACEHORSE, ROCKET and
CRIMSON - For details see
OPERATION PACIFIC by Edwyn
Gray and WAR WITH JAPAN
Eastern Fleet operation included air
carriers and a
targets at Sabang,
Part of screen for
Eastern Fleet units during carrier
Took part in bombardment
with Eastern Fleet ships on completion of
with Flotilla for screening duties and convoy
defence in Indian
(Note: Did not
take part in screening of major ships during
HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM, RAPID, REDOUBT, ROCKET,
as screen for HM
Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE
and VICTORIOUS, HM
Battleship HOWE, HM Cruisers CUMBERLAND
during planned photo-reconnaissance
and air strikes.
Photo-reconnaissance flights over Pangkalan
and air strikes on airfields cancelled
due to adverse
Deployed as screen
during flights over northern Sumatra
(Operation LIGHT B.
See WAR WITH JAPAN
Returned to Ceylon
Fleet major ships.
Deployed with HM Destroyers RAIDER, NORMAN
(RAN) and Dutch destroyer
as screen for HM
in Group 2
of Force 63.
MILLET - Eastern Fleet diversion during US
landings on Leyte).
(Note: Force 63
included HMS RENOWN to provide cover during
INDOMITABLE and HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS in the Nicobar
For details see above
Carried out bombardment of shore targets
In the Nicobar
Islands with other ships
of Group 2.
Retaliatory attacks by Japanese aircraft
repelled by the carrier aircraft.
Flotilla deployment with Eastern Fleet
9 4 5
Eastern Fleet deployment in continuation.
(Note: As no Battle Honour BURMA was awarded
it my be presumed
no significant part in support of XIV Army
operations in Arakan.
may have continued convoy defence duties in
for duty In Force 63 for screening duties with
Deployed with HM Destroyers REDOUBT, ROEBUCK
and RACEHORSE as
screen for 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron
flights over south Malaya
and air attacks on airfields
and railway targets in
Squadron comprised HM Cruisers ROYALIST and SUFFOLK,
AMEER, KHEDIVE and STALKER).
Fleet duties with Flotilla in continuation.
Deployed with Eastern Fleet In support
of planned landings at Port Swettenham.
This operation was delayed for various reasons
including pressure from
and the Implementation of the
release programme for
in the Far
See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET BY J Winton,
The Naval Staff History and Final
Report of Supreme Commander SEAC
in support of landings In Malaya with ships of
Sailed from Penang
for Singapore with HMS NELSON.
On release from ZIPPER returned to
Trincomalee with ships of Flotilla
passage to return to UK in October 1945. She paid
off into Reserve at Chatham
on arrival in November. The
ship was laid up in the Chatham Reserve Fleet
until 1947 when she was
transferred to Harwich. This
destroyer and sister ship HMS ROCKET were selected
to be prototypes for
conversion to an Anti-submarine
Frigates by Royal dockyards in 1949. The ship was
towed to HM Dockyard
Portsmouth for conversion to a
Type 15 Frigate as part of a modernisation
programme. The upper deck structure
was completely redesigned and
two anti-submarine mortars with new design ASDIC
(Sonar) outfit ware fitted.
After the ship re-commissioning
in July 1951 she served in the 3rd Training
Flotilla and attended the
Coronation Review in June 1953. She was
involved in collision with m Frigate VIGILANT off
the west coast of Scotland in
October 1954. When repaired by
Scotts at Greenock she was placed in Reserve at
Chatham. The ship remained in
Reserve although refitted
to maintain her availability. She re-commissioned
on 27th June 1964 for service
in the 29th Escort Squadron and
later transferred to the 26th Escort Squadron.
Paid off in 1968 she was laid up
at Portsmouth. In 1970 after
being placed on the Disposal List this warship was
sold to J W Ward on 29th
April 1971 and towed to
Inverkeithing in June that year for demolition.