Fleet Destroyer ordered under the War Emergency
Programme in April 1941 for build by John I.
Thornycroft at Woolston. The ship was laid down
as Job No 4023 on 18th March 1942 and launched
on 1st June 1943 as the 6th RN ship to carry the
name, introduced in 184?. It was last used for a
submarine lost in the Heligoland Bight on 15th
January 1940. Build was completed 23rd December
1943. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK in March
1942 the ship and been adopted by Windermere,
then in the county of Westmoreland, now in
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9 4 3
Commissioned for service in 25th Destroyer
Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
9 4 4
On completion of trials and storing took passage
for work-up with ships
of Home Fleet.
Dragged anchor in
Clyde and collided with HM Destroyer URANIA
Took passage to Mediterranean for duty with
On arrival at Gibraltar deployed with Flotilla
(Note: Service in support of landings at Anzio
to be confirmed
No Battle Honour for ANZIO is recorded.)
Carried out bombardment in support of operations
to be confirmed
Routine docking and maintenance at Malta.
for service in support of planned allied
invasion of Normandy with ships of 25th
Destroyer Flotilla (Operation NEPTUNE).
Passage to UK to rejoin Home Fleet with calls at
Algiers and Gibraltar.
Arrived at Scapa Flow and prepared for
Carried out bombardment exercises before joining
Force G in Eastern Task Force.
(Note : Other destroyers in Force G
destroyers were: -
Destroyers GRENVILLE, URSA, ULSTER, UNDAUNTED,
and H M Escort Destroyers PYTCHLEY, CATTISTOCK
and COTTESMORE and Polish
Arrived at Greenock for Operation NEPTUNE.
For details of activities prior to and during
Normandy landings see LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
June 1944 (HMSO) and OPERATION NEPTUNE by K
Part of escort for Convoy G12 to Solent with HM
(Note: This comprised HM Cruisers ORION, AJAX,
ARGONAUT and EMERALD forming
Bombarding Force K)
Operation NEPTUNE postponed for 24 hours.
Netherlands Gunboat FLORES joined Convoy G12.
Passage from Solent with Force K.
Provided naval gunfire support off GOLD Beach.
Eastern Task Force for patrol and support duty.
Released from NEPTUNE
Deployed for defence of convoy to Gibraltar.
Passage to Plymouth from Gibraltar.
Transferred to Mediterranean for support of
Passage to Naples to join operations with calls
at Gibraltar, Algiers and Malta.
Provided cover during allied re-occupation of
Deployed in support of military operations on
west coast of Italy.
Taken in hand for repair in Malta.
Nominated for support of military operations in
On completion of repair took passage to Taranto.
Commenced support and patrol operations in
Deployed with HM Destroyers
URCHIN, LOYAL and KIMBERLEY, HM River
for duty in Eastern Fleet after return to UK to
give leave and prepare
Bombarded Gothic Line.
Bombarded shore batteries at Rimini in NW
(For details of Adriatic operations see THE LAST
DESTROYER by K. Mason, ENGAGE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Corelli Barnett, WAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
(HMSO) and Naval Staff History,).
Carried out further
bombardment of shore batteries.
Took passage to Chatham from Bari with call at
Arrived at Chatham.
At Chatham for leave and preparation for service
with Eastern Fleet.
Took passage to Indian Ocean for duty with
Flotilla with calls at Algiers, Port Said
Transferred to British Pacific Fleet with
Flotilla on formation..
Joined British Pacific Fleet at Trincomalee.
9 4 5
Escorted ships of Task Force 65 for air attacks
on oil refineries at Pankalan Brandan, Sumatra
(Operation LENTIL - Part of Operation OUTFLANK Series – attacks on
Sumatran oil installations.)
(Note: Force 65 comprised:
HM Aircraft Carriers IMPLACABLE, VICTORIOUS
INDEFATIGABLE, HM Cruisers
SUFFOLK, CEYLON, ARGONAUT and BLACK PRINCE, HM
KEMPENFELT, WHELP, WAGER, GRENVILLE, URANIA,
UNDAUNTED and URSA
(For details of operations in Indian Ocean see
OPERATION PACIFIC by E. Gray, THE
FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY and
WITH JAPAN, Volume VI (HMSO).
Passage to SUMATRA with the ships of BPF. Joined
m Battleship KING GEORGE V, HM
Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE, ILLUSTRIOUS,
VICTORIOUS and INDEFATIGABLE, HM
Cruisers ARGONAUT, BLACK PRINCE and EURYALUS
with HM Destroyers GRENVILLE,
URSA, UNDAUNTED, KEMPENFELT, WAKEFUL, WHIRLWIND,
WAGER and WHELP.
Refuelled from Task Force 69.
Deployed with TF63 during air attacks by
carriers on an oil refinery at Pladjoe, Sumatra
due to adverse weather (Operation MERIDIAN ONE).
Deployed with screen for TF63 during further
series of attacks on the refinery at
Sumatra near Palembang
(Operation MERIDIAN TWO).
Under retaliatory air attacks (For details see
Carried out rescue of aircrew from two aircraft
Replenished and took passage to Sydney with call
Arrived at Sydney.
Prepared for service with US Navy Task Force in
Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes
changed to D26 to conform with US Navy
identity used for destroyers.
(Note: Exercises carried out included US Navy
signalling procedures and manoeuvring
See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET, OPERATION PACIFIC) and
WAR WITH JAPAN
Took passage to Manus with snips of BPF
designatad as Task Force 113.
Exercised on passage to Manus.
On arrival future deployment undecided by
internal US wrangling. See above references.
Waited for decision by US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Allocated for service with 5th US Fleet and
given new identity -Task Force 57.
Sailed for Ulithi as part of screen for ships of
Task Force 57-
(Note: TF57 comprised:
HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and HOWE, HM
VICTORIOUS, ILLUSTRIOUS, INDEFATIGABLE, HM
Cruisers SWIFTSURE, GAMBIA (RNZN), BLACK PRINCE,
EURYALUS, HM Destroyers GRENVILLE, ULSTER,
UNDAUNTED, QUICKMATCH, QUIBERON,
KEMPENFELT, WHIRLWIND and WAGER.
Joined 5th US Fleet at Ulithi.
Sailed from Ulithi with TF57 to operational area
off Sakishima Gunto
Part of screen during air attacks on airfields
in Sakishima Gunto Group.
(Note: Provision in support during Okinawa
landings Operation ICEBERG ONE)
Rescued crew from crashed aircraft.
Screening duties with TF57 in continuation.
Carried out radar picket duties.
Took passage to Leyte with TF57 on completion of
6th strike period.
Arrived at Leyte for repair and replenishment.
Future deployment of TF57 under consideration
Proposal to transfer BPF to SW Pacific area
cancelled. BPF to remain with 5th Fleet as Task
Took passage to operational area from Leyte with
TF57 for continuation of attacks on
Sakishima Gunto Group (Operation ICEBERG TWO).
(Note: Other ships in Task Force 57 were: -
Battleships KING GEORGE V, HOWE. HM Aircraft
INDOMITABLE, INDEFATIGABLE, FORMIDABLE,
Cruisers SWIFTSURE, UGANDA (RCN),
GAMBIA (RNZN), EURYALUS and
BLACK PRINCE with HM Destroyers GRENVILLE, URSA,
UNDAUNTED ,URANIA, QUILLIAM , QUIBERON,
QUEENBOROUGH, QUALITY, KEMPENFELT, WHIRLWIND and
After arrival in area detached with ships of
25th Destroyer Flotilla to screen HMS KING
HMS HOWE, HMS SWIFTSURE, HMS BLACK PRINCE, HMS
EURYALUS, HMS GAMBIA and HMS UGANDA during
bombardment of airfields on
(Note: During this bombardment the aircraft
carriers of TF57 came under sustained attack
by bombing including KAMIKAZE aircraft.)
Bombardment curtailed and force returned to
rejoin aircraft carriers).
Deployment with screen for Task Force in
(For details see above references and Naval
Passage to Sydney BPF ships via Manus.
(Note: HMS KING GEORGE V with HMS TROUBRIDGE,
HMS TENACIOUS and
HMS TERMAGANT were detached for passage to
Arrived at Sydney for rest and recuperation
(Note: Ships of BPF were transferred to US 3rd
Fleet during this period owing to a
re-organisation of US Navy command structure in
Pacific and were re-designated
Sailed with Task Force 37 from Sydney for Manus.
(Note: Task Force 37 comprised: -
HM Battleship KING GEORGE V, HM Aircraft
VICTORIOUS, IMPLACABLE, HM Cruisers
(RNZN), UGANDA (RCN), EURYALUS, GAMBIA (RNZN)
and BLACK PRINCE
HM Destroyers QUIBERON, QUADRANT, QUALITY.,
TROUBRIDGE, TENACIOUS, TERMAGANT, TEAZER,
GRENVILLE, UNDAUNTED, URANIA, URCHIN. UNDINE and
Arrived at Manus with BPF.
Sailed for operational area with TF37.
(Note: HMS IMPLACABLE detached because of
machinery defect and joined later)
Part of Task Group 37.1.2 as escort for TF37
carriers during combined attacks on
Tokyo and Yokohama.
Deployment with screen for major ships of Task
Force 37 in continuation off Japan,
(See above references, HMS
INDEFATIGABLE joined TF37 with HM
WAKEFUL, WRANGLER and BARFLEUR
on 20th July).
(Operation OLYMPIC - Initial Phase)
Bombarded factories and other targets near
Hamamitsu, South Honshu with HMS KING
GEORGE V, HMS ULYSSES and HMS URANIA.
Engaged surface craft after radar detection.
Deployment off Japan with 3rd US fleet in
continuation for series of Joint RN/USN
air attacks and bombardments of targets in
North Honshu and Hokkaido.
Withdrawn from forward area with BPF ships not
transferred to Task Force 38 as new
Task Group 38.5
HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS INDEFATIGABLE, HMNZS
NEWFOUNDLAND, HM Destroyers BARFLEUR, NAPIER
(RAN), NIZAM (RAN),
WRANGLER, TROUBRIDGE, TERMAGANT, TENACIOUS and
(For details of an BPF operations in Pacific see
OPERATION PACIFIC by E
Gray, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by John Winton, TF57
by Peter Smith, Naval Staff
Staff History and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Passage to Sydney via Manus.
Reverted to RN control.
(Note: Ship had been 50 days at sea since
leaving Sydney on 6tn July)
Total miles steamed from commissioning: -
Days at sea since
- 427 out of 664 days.
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS UNDINE refitted in Melbourne before rejoining the Flotilla in
the BPF. She remained in far East and was
deployed mainly in Japanese waters for support
of the allied occupation forces until return to
Australia early in 1946. The ship sailed from
Sydney to UK in January 1946. calls were made
during passage to Harwich at Melbourne,
Fremantle, Colombo, Bombay and Aden., After
arrival on 29th March the ship reduced to
Reserve and was laid-up in the Reserve Fleet
until 1952. Selected for conversion as an A/S
Frigate by a commercial shipyard in the Clyde,
on completion she re-commissioned for service in
the Mediterranean .In 1960 this ship was
again placed in Reserve and put on the Disposal
List in 1965. She was
de-equipped before tow and
sold for breaking up at a breaker's yard in
Newport during November 1965.
of HMS UNDINE
convoy lists have not been cross-checked with
the text above
convoy as escort