River Gunboat ordered from Lobnitz and
launched on 12th April 1916 as the 1st RN
ship to carry the name. After
completion 1917 she was deployed in the
Mediterranean where she supported army
operations and carried out patrol duties. In
1919 she began service on the
China Station and joined the Yangtse
Flotilla to protect British shipping and
British nationals during an emergency. The
ship was damaged by Japanese
artillery after the Japanese invasion of
China in 1938.
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with the Yangtse Flotilla.
Nominated for service
In the Mediterranean
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passage to Mediterranean.
On arrival deployed
bombardment of enemy positions on North
out bombardment of Bardia harbour with HM
Deployed for gunfire support of 8th
Army advance towards Tobruk.
with HM Monitor TERROR and HM
River Gunboats APHIS and GNAT
support of ANZAC troops
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with HMS TERROR, HMS APHIS, HM Australian
and VAMPIRE for support of ANZAC Brigade
in final assault on
for support of commando
raid on Castellorizo.
Destroyers HEREWARD and DECOY.
Landed troops and deployed for gunfire
This requirement for this operation
was ill-judged and its execution
service in support of army
in support of 8th Army
Bombarded enemy positions near
duties in continuation.
under German dive bombing attacks during
air raid on Tobruk harbour.
damage and sank.
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Some of the guns on the hulk were used
personnel for defence
Post War Notes.
name was reintroduced in 1950 when given to
Navigation Company's mercantile ss WUSUEH
which was requisitioned at Hong Kong. This
ship was then used as the RN Headquarters
Ship at Sasebo, Japan during the
Korean War. She paid off in 1953 after the
armistice and was returned to her