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  British and Other Navies in World War 2 Day-by-Day
by Don Kindell


Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMAS Hobart, light cruiser (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge)

on to British Construction Programmes, January 1941


(for more ship information, go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search)



Part 2 of 2






Some warships are listed with their own unit and again when detached to another




Vice Adm Sir G Frederick B Edward-Collins KCB, KCVO


Base ship, Gibraltar - CORMORANT


Battleship - RESOLUTION (Capt A R Halfhide CBE) arr Gibraltar 16 Dec from Freetown.


Heavy cruiser - BERWICK (Capt G L Warren) arr Gibraltar 31 Dec


13th Destroyer Flotilla

25th Division - DUNCAN (Capt A D B James Actg, Lt Cdr A N Rowell from 13 Feb) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, ENCOUNTER (Lt Cdr E V St J Morgan) arr Freetown 31 Dec, ISIS (Cdr C S B Swinley DSC) arr Freetown 31 Dec

26th Division - VIDETTE (Lt E N Walmsley) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, VELOX (Lt Cdr E G Roper DSC) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, WISHART (Cdr E T Cooper) arr Gibraltar 29 Dec, WRESTLER (Lt E L Jones DSC) at Portsmouth repairing to comp 30 Jan.


8th Submarine Flotilla - shore establishment PIGMY (Cdr G B H Fawkes) at Gibraltar, submarines OLYMPUS (Lt Cdr H G Dymott) arr Gibraltar 29 Dec, OTUS (Lt Cdr E C F Nicolay) arr Gibraltar 4 Jan, PANDORA (Lt Cdr J W Linton) arr Gibraltar 14 Jan.


7th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers ARCTIC RANGER (SO, Cdr J H Young Rtd), ERIN (Actg Cdr J O Davies RNR), HAARLEM (Ty Lt L B Merrick RNVR), KINGSTON CHRYSOLITE (Ty Lt R L Green, RVR) dep 29 Dec for Liverpool, LEYLAND (Lt Cdr A Wilkinson RNR), LORD HOTHAM (Sk J W Morris RNR), all at or dep Gibraltar


92nd Minesweeping Group - minesweeping trawlers CLYNE CASTLE (Lt T Fraser RNR), HONJU (Ch Sk J Bowie RNR), both at Gibraltar


Contraband Control Service - armed boarding vessels ACHROITE (Sk G W H Mortlock RNR), ALOUETTE (Lt Lord Churston RNVR), ANGLIA (Lt R McCready RNR), CHARLES McIVER (Lt B T R Russell RNR), FEASIBLE (Sk C C Findlay RNR), IMPERIALIST (Pbty Ty Lt P E Kitto RNR), KINGSTON JACINTH (Lt Cdr A Ayre Rtd) dep 29 Dec for Liverpool, KINGSTON TOPAZ (Cdr W L Smith RNR), KINGSTON TURQUOISE (Lt L A White RNR) dep 29 Dec for Liverpool, LOCH OSKAIG (Lt Cdr S Darling RANR), LORNA (Actg Lt R Atkinson RNR), ROSABELLE (Lt H H Brown RNR), SAYONARA (Cdr H Hamilton Rtd), SCOTTISH (Cdr S A Brooks OBE Rtd), TIERCEL (Lt R R L Rosoman RNR Rtd) at Greenock, otherwise all at or dep Gibraltar


Tugs - ST DAY (Lt Cdr J Sharples RNR Rtd), ST OMAR (no CO listed), both at Gibraltar




Vice Adm Sir James F Somerville KCB, DSO


Battlecruiser - RENOWN (Flag, Somerville, Capt C E B Simeon, Capt R R McGrigor from 23 Jan) arr Gibraltar 30 Dec


Battleship - MALAYA (Capt A F E Palliser DSC) arr Gibraltar 24 Dec


Aircraft carrier - ARK ROYAL (Capt C S Holland) at Gibraltar on eight hours notice.


Light cruiser - SHEFFIELD (Capt C A A Larcom) arr Gibraltar 30 Dec


8th Destroyer Flotilla (Capt A F de Salis) - FAULKNOR (de Salis) arr Gibraltar 30 Dec, FEARLESS (Cdr A F Pugsley) Troon, FIREDRAKE (Lt Cdr S H Norris DSO, DSC) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, FORESIGHT (Lt Cdr G T Lambert, Cdr J S C Salter from 14 Jan) at Liverpool, FORESTER (Lt Cdr E B Tancock DSC) arr Gibraltar 31 Dec, FORTUNE (Lt Cdr E N Sinclair) arr Gibraltar 29 Dec, FOXHOUND (Lt Cdr G H Peters DSC) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, FURY (Lt Cdr T C Robinson) arr Gibraltar 31 Dec




 Vice Adm Sir Andrew B Cunningham KCB, DSO on WARSPITE,

promoted to Admiral 3 Jan 1941


Base ship - NILE (Rear Adm F Elliott OBE Rtd, Actg Rear Adm G H Creswell DSO, DSC from 5 Feb)


1st Battle Squadron (Rear Adm H B Rawlings OBE on BARHAM) - battleships BARHAM (Capt G C Cooke), VALIANT (Capt C E Morgan DSO) arr 24 Dec, WARSPITE (Capt D B Fisher CBE) arr 24 Dec, all arr or at Alexandria


Aircraft carriers (Rear Adm A L St G Lyster CB, CVO, DSO on ILLUSTRIOUS) - EAGLE (Capt A R M Bridge CBE) at Alexandria, ILLUSTRIOUS (Capt D W Boyd CBE, DSC) arr Alexandria 24 Dec


3rd Cruiser Squadron (Rear Adm R de F Renouf DSO) - heavy cruiser YORK (Capt R H Portal DSC) dep Suda Bay 30 Dec, light cruisers GLASGOW (Capt J W Cuthbert Actg) at Alexandria undergoing temporary repairs. GLOUCESTER (Flag, Capt H A Rowley) dep Suda Bay 30 Dec


7th Cruiser Squadron (Rear Adm Light Forces, Rear Adm H D Pridham-Wippell CB, CVO, promoted to Vice Adm on 3 Jan 1941) - light cruisers AJAX (Capt E D B McCarthy) arr Suda Bay 1 Jan, LIVERPOOL (Capt A L Poland DSO, DSC) at Alexandria undergoing temporary repairs, ORION (Flag, Capt G R B Back) arr Alexandria 23 Dec, Australian PERTH (Capt Sir Philip W Bowyer-Smith Bt) arr Suda Bay 1 Jan, SYDNEY (Capt J A Collins CB RAN) at Malta


Attached cruiser - light cruiser SOUTHAMPTON (Capt B C B Brooke) dep Aden on 25 Dec, arr Alexandria 30 Dec


Anti-aircraft ships - anti-aircraft cruiser CALCUTTA (Capt D M Lees DSO) dep Suda Bay 30 Dec, COVENTRY (Capt D Gilmour) at Alexandria, damaged, repairs comp 20 Jan, destroyer WRYNECK (Lt Cdr R H D Lane) arr Alexandria 23 Dec


2nd Destroyer Flotilla (Capt H St L Nicolson DSO) - HASTY (Lt Cdr L R K Tyrwhitt) arr Gibraltar 24 Dec, HAVOCK (Cdr R E Courage DSO, DSC) at Malta, HEREWARD (Cdr C W Greening) dep Gibraltar 25 Dec, HERO (Cdr H W Biggs DSO) dep Gibraltar 31 Dec, HOTSPUR (Cdr H F H Layman DSO) at Malta, ILEX (Nicolson) arr Alexandria 24 Dec, IMPERIAL (Lt Cdr C A De W Kitcat) at Malta


10th Destroyer Flotilla (Capt H M L Waller DSO)

Division 19 - Australian destroyers STUART (Capt Waller RAN) at Malta to comp 31 Dec, VAMPIRE (temporarily Waller while STUART repairing, Cdr J A Walsh RAN) arr Alexandria 20 Dec, VENDETTA (Lt Cdr R Rhoades RAN) dep Alexandria 23 Dec, VOYAGER (Cdr J C Morrow DSO RAN) arr Alexandria 22 Dec with WATERHEN, WATERHEN (Lt Cdr J H Swain) arr Alexandria 1 Jan damaged

Division 20 - DAINTY (Cdr M S Thomas DSO) dep Alexandria 31 Dec, DECOY (Cdr E G McGregor DSO) at Malta, DEFENDER (Lt Cdr G L Farnfield) dep Suda Bay 24 Dec, DIAMOND (Lt Cdr P A Cartwright) arr Alexandria 31 Dec


14th Destroyer Flotilla (Capt P J Mack DSO)

Division 27 - JANUS (Cdr J A W Tothill) arr Alexandria 24 Dec, JERVIS (Mack) arr Alexandria 30 Dec, JUNO (Cdr St J R J Tyrwhitt) arr Alexandria 24 Dec, MOHAWK (Cdr J W M Eaton) arr Alexandria 1 Jan, escorting WATERHEN, NUBIAN (Cdr R W Ravenhill) arr Alexandria 30 Dec with MOHAWK

Division 28 - GALLANT (Lt Cdr C P F Brown DSC) dep Port Said 31 Dec, GREYHOUND (Cdr W R Marshall A'Deane DSC) arr Alexandria 30 Dec, GRIFFIN (Lt Cdr J Lee-Barber DSO) dep Suda Bay 30 Dec


1st Submarine Flotilla (Capt S M Raw) - depot ship MEDWAY (Raw) at Alexandria, submarines OSIRIS (Lt Cdr J R G Harvey) dep Alexandria 22 Dec for Gibraltar, arr Malta 29 Dec, OTUS (Lt Cdr E C F Nicolay) dep Alexandria 21 Dec for Gibraltar, arr Malta 29 Dec, PANDORA (Lt Cdr J W Linton) arr Alexandria 28 Dec, PARTHIAN (Cdr M G Rimington DSO) dep Malta 29 Dec, PERSEUS (Lt Cdr P J H Bartlett) at Malta repairing to comp 18 Mar, REGENT (Lt Cdr H C Browne) arr Malta 25 Dec, RORQUAL (Cdr R H Dewhurst DSO) arr Alexandria 17 Dec, ROVER (Lt Cdr H A L Marsham) arr Alexandria 22 Dec, TETRARCH (Lt Cdr R M T Peacock) dep Malta 28 Dec, TRIUMPH (Lt Cdr W J W Woods) dep Gibraltar 27 Dec, TRUANT (Lt Cdr H A V Haggard) dep Malta 28 Dec, UNIQUE (Lt A F Collett) dep Gibraltar 27 Dec on patrol, UPHOLDER (Lt M D Wanklyn) dep Gibraltar 27 Dec on patrol, arr Malta 14 Jan, UPRIGHT (Lt E D Norman) arr Malta 24 Dec, URSULA (Lt A J MacKenzie) at Gibraltar repairing to comp 16 Jan, USK (Lt P R Ward) arr Gibraltar 23 Dec, UTMOST (Lt Cdr J H Eaden DSC, Lt R D Cayley on 31 Jan) at Malta repairing to comp 2 Feb

On 8 Jan, Cdr G W G Simpson arrived at Malta to command the U-class submarines, designated 10th Submarine Flotilla on 1 September and based at Malta

Corvettes - GLOXINIA (Lt Cdr A J C Pomeroy RNVR) at Malta repairing, HYACINTH (Actg Lt Cdr F C Hopkins RNR), PEONY (Lt Cdr M B Sherwood DSO Rtd), SALVIA (Lt Cdr J I Miller DSO RNR), all but one arr Alexandria 31 Dec


4th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers BERYL (Cdr J C Bird Rtd), CORAL (Mid F H Walton RNR), JADE (Btswn J Hughes), all at Malta


5th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers BANDOLERO (SO, Lt Cdr F M W Harris RNR) lost 30 Dec, LOCH MELFORT (Pbty Ty Lt F Graham-Browne RNR) dep Haifa 17 Dec, LYDIARD (Lt D M Gibb RNR) arr Alexandria 25 Dec, SINDONIS (Ch Sk G Rawding RNR) at Alexandria, VICTORIAN (Ch Sk M A Smith RNR) arr Suez 21 Dec


16th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine whalers KOS.19 (Lt I H Davis RNR), KOS.21 (Ty Lt Cdr I F H Wilson RNVR), KOS.22 (Lt H D Foxon RNR), KOS.23 (Lt Cdr J J Reid RNVR), SYVERN (Lt Cdr R E Clarke RNR), all at Durban fitting ASDICs


28th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers KINGSTON CORAL (Sk W Kirman RNR) arr Alexandria 27 Nov from Suda Bay, KINGSTON CRYSTAL (Lt Cdr G H P James RNR) dep Alexandria 14 Dec, KINGSTON CYANITE (Sk F A Yeomans RNR) arr Alexandria 6 Nov, WOLBOROUGH (SO, Lt F A W Ramsey Rtd) dep Alexandria on 20 Dec


Minesweeping Flotilla - minesweepers ABINGDON (Lt G A Simmers RNR) at Malta, BAGSHOT (Lt Cdr J F B Cage RNVR) dep Alexandria 7 Dec, DERBY (Lt F C V Brightman) arr Alexandria 19 Dec, FAREHAM (SO, Lt W J P Church) at Piraeus, FERMOY (Lt Cdr J G D Wetherfield) at Malta, HUNTLEY (Lt Cdr H R A King RNR) arr Alexandria 27 Dec, STOKE (Cdr C J P Hill Rtd) at Alexandria.


91st Minesweeping Group - minesweeping trawlers ARTHUR CAVANAGH (Ty Sk T W Kirby RNR), MILFORD COUNTESS (Ty Sk E W Oxborough RNR), both at Alexandria, MUROTO (Ty Sk J Willis RNR), RAGLAN CASTLE (Sk G Buchan RNR) both at Port Said


109th Minesweeping Group - minesweeping whalers SKUDD III (Lt A F Harkness RNR), SKUDD IV (Ty Lt (E) T Holm RNR), SKUDD V (S/Lt R A N Cox RNR), SWONA (Lt W F Duffy RCNVR) all dep Freetown 21 Dec for Simonstown via St Helena


142nd Minesweeping Group - minesweeping whalers SARNA (Ty Sk W T Allen RNR), SOIKA (Ty Lt (E) L Olsen RNR), SOTRA (Actg Lt J M Davies RCNVR), SVANA (Ty Lt (E) T Olsen RNR) all arr Durban 22 Dec


Minesweeping trawlers - EMPYREAN (Pbty Ty Sk W F Salenius RNR), RETURNO (Ty Lt E R Crane RNVR), both at Gibraltar


Minesweeping drifters - GIRL MARGARET, PLOUGH BOY (no COs listed) both at Malta


Auxiliary minesweepers - BLUE DANUBE (Lt Cdr N D Watts-Russell Rtd) at Port Said, No.1 and No.2 (no COs listed), both at Haifa


Gunboats (administered by Captain Submarines, Med) - APHIS (Lt Cdr J O Campbell DSO Rtd) dep Alexandria 31 Dec for Sollum, CRICKET (Lt Cdr E B Carnduff from 11 Jan) at Bombay, LADYBIRD (Lt Cdr J F Blackburn Rtd) dep Alexandria 31 Dec for Sollum


Motor Anti-Submarine Boats - MA/SB.2 (Lt Cdr R M Prior DSC Emgcy) at Alexandria, MA/SB.3 (Lt J C LaPage) at Alexandria


Supply ship - RELIANT (Master C H Noel) at Alexandria


Repair ship - RESOURCE (Capt D B O'Connell Rtd) at Alexandria


Monitor - TERROR (Cdr H J Haynes DSC) dep Alexandria 22 Dec


Controlled minelayer - MEDUSA (Btswn F Farmer) at Malta


Netlayer - PROTECTOR (Cdr R J Gardner) arr Alexandria 20 Dec


Fleet Target Service - tugs MOY (Lt V G Palmer), OUSE (LR J E Grice), ST ISSEY (Lt J H W Howe RNR), all at Alexandria


Drifters - CRESCENT MOON (no CO listed) at Port Said, EDDY (Ch Sk J Carnie RNR) at Malta, FELLOWSHIP (Ty S/Lt S Barrie RNR) at Suda Bay, LANDFALL (Actg S/Lt M F B Williams RNVR) at Port Said, LANNER (Sk W Stewart RNR) at Suda Bay, SUNSET (Ch Sk R Cowie RNR) at Malta


Contraband Control Service – armed boarding vessels ARPHA (Cdr F M Smith RD RNR) at Port Said, CHAKLA (Cdr L C Bach RD RNR) dep Alexandria 21 Dec, FIONA (Lt J B Shillitoe RNR) arr Alexandria 24 Dec, ROSAURA (Capt R Spencer RD RNR) arr Suda Bay 16 Dec, SURF (Ty Lt D C Wilson RNVR) at Port Said


Tugs - EMILY, WEST COCKER (no COs listed) both at Malta


Boom defence vessels - BARBETTE (Ty Lt E J P Webster RNR) dep Colombo 26 Dec for Port Said, BURGONET (Ty Lt C T Grantley RNR) arr Port Said 22 Dec, MAGNET (Ty Boom Sk J W Hogarth RNR) at Alexandria, WESTGATE (Ty Boom Sk A Stewart RNR) at Malta


Supply ships - BRECONSHIRE (Capt C A G Hutchenson Rtd) arr Alexandria 23 Dec, KNIGHT OF MALTA, arr Alexandria 22 Dec, ULSTER PRINCE (Cdr F A Bond RD RNR Rtd) dep Piraeus 24 Dec


Red Sea Force

Rear Adm A J L Murray DSO, OBE


Depot ship - LUCIA (Flag, Cdr C R de B L Townsend Actg, Rtd)


Light cruisers - CALEDON (Capt C P Clarke) dep Aden 29 Dec, LEANDER (Capt R H Bevan) dep Bombay 27 Dec


Anti-aircraft cruiser - CARLISLE (Capt G M B Langley OBE, Capt T C Hampton in Jan) arr Aden 29 Dec


Destroyers (Cdr W G A Robson) - KANDAHAR (SO, Robson) arr Suez 28 Dec, KIMBERLEY (Lt Cdr J S M Richardson) arr Aden 29 Dec, KINGSTON (Lt Cdr P Somerville DSO) dep Aden 30 Dec for Bombay.


Sloops - AUCKLAND (Cdr J G Hewitt DSO) dep Aden 29 Dec, FLAMINGO (Cdr J H Huntley) arr Aden 26 Dec, GRIMSBY (Cdr K J D'Arcy) arr Suez 25 Dec, SHOREHAM (Cdr G P Claridge) dep Aden 29 Dec, Australian PARRAMATTA (Lt Cdr J H Walker MVO RAN) dep Aden 30 Dec, YARRA (Lt Cdr W H Harrington RAN) arr Port Sudan 27 Dec, Indian CLIVE (Cdr H R Inigo-Jones RIN) dep Port Sudan 27 Dec, Indian HINDUSTAN (Cdr I B W Heanly RIN) arr Aden 30 Dec, Indian INDUS (Cdr E G G Hunt RIN) dep Aden 29 Dec


Indian anti-submarine vessels - NETRAVATI (Lt G P Ranson RIN) dep 20 Dec for Aden, PARVATI (Pbty S/Lt H A Romer RINVR) dep 31 Dec, RATNAGIRI (Lt H M Clark RIN) dep 24 Dec, all dep Bombay




Vice Adm R H T Raikes CB, CVO, DSO


Base and Accomodation ship - EDINBURGH CASTLE (Capt E M Palmer OBE Rtd) at Freetown


Force K

 Rear Adm W F Wake-Walker CB, OBE


Aircraft carrier - FORMIDABLE (Capt A W La T Bisset) dep Scapa Flow 18 Dec


Heavy cruisers - DORSETSHIRE (Capt B C S Martin) dep Freetown 27 Dec, NORFOLK (Flag, Wake-Walker, Capt A J L Phillips) dep Scapa Flow 18 Dec


Force L


Aircraft carrier - HERMES (Capt R F J Onslow MVO, DSC) dep Freetown on patrol 3 Dec


Light cruiser - DRAGON (Capt R J Shaw MBE) dep Freetown 3 Dec on patrol.



Seaplane carrier - ALBATROSS (Actg Capt W G Britain) at Freetown


Attached cruisers - heavy cruisers CORNWALL (Capt P C W Manwaring) arr Simonstown 28 Dec for refitting, comp 22 Feb, dep 28 Feb, CUMBERLAND (Capt Hon. C H E Russell) dep Freetown 1 Dec, DEVONSHIRE (Capt R D Oliver DSC) arr Simonstown 26 Dec, cruiser HAWKINS (Capt H P K Oram) arr Freetown 30 Dec, light cruisers DELHI (Capt A S Russell) dep Lagos 23 Dec for Manoca, DUNEDIN (Capt R S Lovatt) dep Gibraltar 29 Dec, ENTERPRISE (Capt J C Annesley DSO) dep Montevideo 15 Dec, NEPTUNE (Capt R C O'Conor) dep Freetown 28 Dec, NEWCASTLE (Capt E A Aylmer DSC) dep Freetown 10 Dec


Sloops - BRIDGEWATER (Cdr H F C Leftwich Rtd) arr Freetown 28 Dec, MILFORD (Capt S K Smyth Rtd) arr Freetown 20 Dec, French sloop SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA (CC Roux) at Durban refitting to comp 17 Jan, French patrol boat PRESIDENT HOUDUCE at Duala


Corvettes - ASPHODEL (Lt Cdr K W Stewart Rtd) dep Freetown 29 Dec, CALENDULA (Lt Cdr A D Bruford RNVR) at Freetown repairing, CLEMATIS (Cdr Y M Cleeves DSO, DSC, RD RNR), CYCLAMEN (Lt H N Lawson RNR), GERANIUM (Lt Cdr A Foxall RNR Actg), JONQUIL (Lt Cdr R E H Partington RNR), last four dep Ponta Delgada 29 Dec


Armed merchant cruisers - ALCANTARA (Capt J G P Ingham DSO Rtd) at Southampton repairing, ASTURIAS (Capt H Ardill Rtd) dep Capetown 13 Dec, QUEEN OF BERMUDA (Capt G A B Hawkins MVO, DSC, Capt A T G C Peachey from 1 Feb) arr Montevideo 18 Dec


Freetown Convoy Escort Force – armed merchant cruisers ARAWA (Actg Capt G R Deverell Rtd) at Belfast repairing to comp 3 Jan, BULOLO (Capt R L Hamer DSO Rtd) arr Freetown 28 Dec, CANTON (Capt C P Frend) at Freetown, CARNARVON CASTLE (Capt H N M Hardy DSO Rtd) arr Capetown 20 Dec, CATHAY (Capt C McC Merewether Rtd) dep Freetown 16 Dec for Clyde, CORFU (Capt J P Landon Rtd) at Freetown in damaged state, ESPERANCE BAY (Capt G S Holder Rtd) dep Freetown 22 Dec, MOOLtAN (Capt C G Sutclif Rtd) at Tyne repairing, MORETON BAY (Actg Capt E M Haes, Capt C C Bell Rtd from 5 Jan) at Tyne repairing to comp end of Feb, PRETORIA CASTLE (Capt E J Shelley Rtd) dep Simonstown 14 Dec


Free French Patrol vessels - VIKINGS dep Freetown 29 Dec for Duala, VAILLANT arr Clyde 29 Nov (French crews)


6th Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine trawlers BENGALI (Ty Sk E E Barnes RNVR) repairing, KELT (Sk W Mc K Smith RNR), PICT (Lt Cdr W N M Faichney RNR), SPANIARD (Lt Cdr F J Webster RNR), TURCOMAN (Ty S/Lt W T Hodson RNVR) all at Freetown


Norwegian anti-submarine whalers - FALK, HEKTOR VI, KLO, THORBRYN, THORGRIM, TORDONN (no COs listed), all at Capetown


93rd Minesweeping Group - minesweeping sloops COMMMANDANT DUBOC (French crew) at Duala, COMMANDANT DOMINE (French crew) at Lagos, minesweeping trawlers GENERAL BIRDWOOD (Sk W J Taylor RNR) at Freetown, MAPLE (Ty Lt E S Phillips RNR) at Freetown repairing, REDWOOD (Sk T H Kay RNR) at Freetown, ST MINVER (Ch Sk J Duthie RNR) at Freetown


154th Minesweeping Group - minesweeping trawler POLAR V (Ty Lt K Hendriksen RNR), SKUDD VI (Ty Lt (E) O M Amundsen RNR), both arr Ponta Delgada 31 Dec


Controlled minelayer - SNAKEFLY (Lt O H Pullman RNR) at Freetown


Minesweeping trawler - WILLIAM SCORESBY (Cdr H Petit-Dann Rtd) at Port Stanley


Minesweeping drifter (tender to HAWKINS) - ROYDUR (Ty F R Jakeman RNVR) at Port Stanley


Auxiliary minesweeping vessels - ARUM, NERINE, tug NGUVU, all at Capetown


Base repair ship - VINDICTIVE (Actg Capt J B Heath) arr Freetown 31 Dec


Boom defence vessels - BARBROOK (Ty Lt S Wardell RNR), BARCASTLE (Actg Ty Warrant Mech A Burchell RNR), QUANNET (Ty Lt W P Jones RNR), all at Freetown





Base ships - BUZZARD (Cdr (A) J F W C Hawkins) at Jamaica, GOSHAWK (Capt (A) R de H Burton) at Trinidad, MALABAR (Vice Adm Charles E Kennedy-Purvis KCB) at Bermuda, PURSUIVANT (Cdr R B Martin Rtd) at Port Stanley


8th Cruiser Squadron - light cruisers CARADOC (Capt J S Bethell) arr Bermuda 27 Dec, DESPATCH (Capt C E Douglas-Pennant DSC, Cdre 2/c) arr Nassau 30 Dec, DIOMEDE (Capt J W Farquhar) dep Kingston 20 Dec, DUNEDIN (Capt R S Lovatt) det to South Atlantic Command (q.v.)


Submarine - PORPOISE (Lt Cdr J G Hopkins) dep Halifax 26 Dec


Attached Dutch sloop - VAN KINSBERGEN (Dutch crew) dep Nassau 9 Dec


Ocean boarding vessel - LADY SOMERS (Cdr G L Dunbar RNR) fitting out Quebec


Halifax Escort Force


Depot ship - trawler SEABORN (Rear Adm S S Bonham-Carter CB, CVO, DSO) at Halifax


Battleships - REVENGE (Capt E R Archer) arr 26 Dec, ROYAL SOVEREIGN (Capt H B Jacomb) arr 28 Dec, both arr Halifax


Canadian destroyers - ASSINIBOINE (Capt G C Jones, Cdre 2/c RCN), RESTIGOUCHE (Cdr H N Lay RCN), both arr Halifax 26 Dec


Dutch submarine – O.15 (Lt H M L F E van Oostrom Soede) at Halifax


Armed Merchant Cruisers - ALAUNIA (Capt H J Woodward DSO Rtd) dep Halifax 26 Dec, ASCANIA (Capt C H Ringrose-Wharton Rtd) arr Halifax 12 Dec, AURANIA (Actg Capt L W Whiteborn) arr Bermuda 21 Dec, AUSONIA (Capt G H Freyberg CBE Rtd) dep Halifax 10 Dec, CORMORIN (Capt J L Hallett Rtd) arr Halifax 24 Dec, LACONIA (Capt G G P Hewett Rtd) dep Halifax 1 Jan, MALOJA (Actg Capt V Hammersley-Heenan Rtd) dep Halifax 23 Dec, MONTCLARE (Capt H M Spreckley Rtd) dep Bermuda 31 Dec, RAJPUTANA (Capt F H Taylor DSC Rtd) dep Halifax 30 Dec RANPURA (Actg Capt H T W Pawsey) arr Halifax 31 Dec, VOLtAIRE (Actg Capt J A P Blackburn Rtd) dep Bermuda 21 Dec




Vice Adm R Adm Leatham


Base ship, Ceylon - LANKA


Heavy cruiser - SHROPSHIRE (Capt J H Edelsten) arr Mombasa 31 Dec


Light cruisers - CAPETOWN (Capt P H G James) dep Colombo 29 Dec, CERES (Capt E G Abbott AM, Capt D M L Neame DSO from Feb) dep Mombasa 2 Jan, COLOMBO (Capt C A E Stanfield) dep Mombasa 2 Jan.


Armed Merchant Cruisers - ANTENOR (Capt D I McGillewie Rtd) arr Colombo on 29 Dec, CARTHAGE (Capt H L I Kirkpatrick OBE Rtd) arr Colombo 2 Jan and Bombay on 6 Jan, HECTOR (Capt F Howard DSC Rtd) at Colombo refitting to comp 6 Jan, KANIMBLA (Capt F E Getting) dep Mauritius 26 Dec, RANCHI (Capt C T A Bunbury OBE Rtd) dep Durban 31 Dec


Sloops - FALMOUTH (Cdr C C Hardy, Cdr U H R James from 15 Jan) on patrol in Straits of Hormuz, Indian sloops CORNWALLIS (Cdr H C Beauchamp RIN) at Khor Kuwai, Oman, LAWRENCE (Lt A T J Cole RIN) dep Karachi 21 Dec


Submarine - X.2 (captured Italian GALILEO GALILEI, Lt Cdr P E H Heathfield Rtd) at Suez


Gunboats - COCKCHAFER (Lt Cdr A F Roberton-Aikman) at Basra, GNAT (Lt Cdr S R H Davenport) arr Alexandria 28 Dec, TARANTULA (Cdr R C Creer RAN Rtd at Colombo


Anti-submarine trawlers - AMBER (Actg S/Lt P Le M Andrews RNR) at Aden, MOONSTONE (Lt Cdr P G Britten RNR Rtd) at Bombay refitting to comp 10 Jan.


Minesweepers – minesweeper WIDNES (Lt Cdr R B Chandler), minesweeping trawler OVERDALE WYKE (Ty Lt N M Waldman RNR), both at Colombo


Contraband Control Service vessels - CHAKDINA (Lt Cdr W R Hickey RNR) arr Aden 24 Dec, CHANTALA (Lt Cdr C E I Gibbs Rtd) dep Aden 18 Dec, PERRONELLE (no CO listed) at Aden, SAGITTA (Cdr J O Dunn RD RNR) arr Aden 24 Dec


Boom Defence Vessels - BARNET (Sk W Thompson RNR) dep Colombo 30 Dec, PLANET (Ty Boom Sk D Cowie RNR) at Aden, SANDGATE, SOUTHGATE (no COs listed), both at Trincomalee


Boom Defence Tender - MAJESTIC (no CO listed) at Trincomalee


Boom Carrier - LAOMEDON (Cdr J J E Barclay RD RNR) at Aden




Vice Adm Sir Geoffrey Layton


Base ships - SULTAN (Rear Adm T B Drew OBE), TAMAR (Cdre A C Collinson)


5th Cruiser Squadron - light cruisers DANAE (Capt F J Butler MBE Actg) at Hong Kong repairing, DAUNTLESS (Capt G D Moore RAN) arr Penang 21 Dec, DURBAN (Capt J A S Eccles) at Singapore


Destroyers - SCOUT (Lt Cdr D H Harper Rtd, Lt Cdr H Lambton from Feb) at Hong Kong, STRONGHOLD (Lt Cdr R Alexander, Lt Cdr G R Pretor-Pinney Rtd from 18 Mar), TENEDOS (Lt Cdr J O'B Milner Barry), both at Singapore, THANET (Lt Cdr J Mowlam), THRACIAN (Cdr A L Pears Rtd), both at Hong Kong


Yangzte gunboats (Administered by Commodore Hong Kong) - GANNET (Cdr A F St. G Orphen) at Chungking laid up, FALCON (Lt Cdr R S Abram) at Wushan, MANTIS, at Shanghai awaiting scrapping, PETEREL (SNO Shanghai, Actg Cdr H V Creer RAN Rtd) at Shanghai, SANDPIPER (Pbty Ty S/Lt J H Taylor RNVR) at Changsha laid up, SCARAB (Lt Cdr J A Agnew) at Singapore, SCORPION (Ty Lt Cdr L J Hegarty DSC RNR) at Singapore, TERN (Lt Cdr M H R Crichton) at Hong Kong


West River gunboats (under orders of Commodore Hong Kong) - CICALA (Lt Cdr G H Gandy Rtd), MOTH (Ty Lt J Douglas RNR), both at Hong Kong, SEAMEW (Lt Cdr N R Murch) at Canton


Gunboats - DRAGONFLY (Lt A H Diack), GRASSHOPPER (Cdr J S Hoffman Rtd), both at Singapore


Auxiliary anti-submarine vessels - KEDAH (Lt Cdr E Neville) at Singapore, SHU KWANG (Cdr A D Thomson DSC RNR Rtd), TIEN KWANG (Ty Lt W G Briggs RNR), both at Trengganu


2nd Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla - MTB.7 (Lt R R W Ashby HgKgNVF), MTB.8 (Lt L D Kilbee HgKgNVF), MTB.9 (Actg S/Lt A Kennedy RNVR), MTB.10 (SO, Lt Cdr J C Boldero DSC Rtd), MTB.11 (Lt C J Collingwood), MTB.12 (S/Lt W E Richards RNVR), MTB.26 (Lt M J de C Carey), MTB.27 (S/Lt T M Parsons HgKgNVF), all at Hong Kong


Minesweepers - ABERDARE (Lt Cdr G Nelson Rtd) refitting, HARROW (Lt G C Hocart Rtd), both at Singapore


Survey ships - ENDEAVOUR (no CO listed), HERALD (Pbty Ty E R Maples RNR), both at Singapore


Controlled minelayer - REDSTART (Lt Cdr H C S C Selby Rtd) at Hong Kong


Boom defence vessels - ALDGATE (Ch Sk J H Cowling DSM RNR), BARLANE (Ch Sk F Bremner RNR) BARLIGHT (Ty Lt A w. Skelly RNR), all at Hong Kong, BARRICADE (Ty Lt H W Clouston RNR), BARRIER (Ch Sk R E Souter RNR), DOWGATE (Ty Boom Eng R P W Tonkin RNR), FASTNET (Ch Sk R Thompson RNR), LUDGATE (no CO listed), all at Singapore, WATERGATE (Ch Sk J W Cowling RNR) at Hong Kong








Rear Adm J G Crace


Only Australian units deployed in Australian Home Waters are listed here,

Overseas deployments are shown in their respective commands


Heavy cruiser - CANBERRA (Flag, Capt H B Farncomb MVO RAN) dep Sydney 30 Dec


Light cruisers - ADELAIDE (Capt H A Showers RAN) arr Noumea 29 Dec, HOBART (Capt H L Howden OBE RAN) dep Fremantle 29 Dec for Sydney.


Armed merchant cruisers - MANOORA (Actg Capt A H Spurgeon RAN) dep Samarai 29 Dec for Ocean Island, WESTRALIA (Capt H V Hudson OBE Emgcy RAN) dep Colombo 23 Dec


20th Minesweeping Flotilla - sloop SWAN (Lt Cdr A J Travis RAN), minesweeping vessel ORARA (Lt J G S Fyfe RANR), both arr Port Phillip Bay 26 Dec


Sloop - WARREGO (Cdr R V Wheatley RAN) arr Port Phillip Bay 26 Dec


Anti-submarine patrol vessels - BINGERA (Lt Cdr E W Livingstone RANR (S) at Fremantle, BONTHORPE (Lt Cdr F W Blaydon, RANR) location not given, MORESBY (Cdr W H Martin RAN) arr Cairns 22 Dec


Auxiliary anti-submarine vessels - BATHURST (Lt Cdr A V Bunyan RANR (S) at Port Phillip Bay, BERYL II (Ty WO J D Lawrie RANR (S) at Victoria, COOLEBAR (Lt Cdr R A Nettlefold RANR) at Sydney, GOOLGWAI (Lt Cdr J P Tonkin Emgcy RAN) at Sydney, GUNBAR (Lt N H Muzzell RANR (S) at West Australia, HEROS (Ty Lt C H Brown RANR (S) at Sydney, KOROWA (Ty Comm Officer from WO rank J H Reynolds DSC RANR (S) at West Australia, KYBRA (Lt Cdr G L Cant) at Sydney, OLIVE CAM (Ty Comm Officer from WO rank S Armstrong RANR (S) at West Australia, ST GILES (Ty Lt H A Litchfiled RANR (S) at Sydney, TAMBAR (Lt J H P Dixon RANR) at West Australia, TOLGA (Lt Cdr J H Malley Emgcy RAN) at Sydney, TONGKOL (Ty WO W J Edmonds RANR (S) at Sydney, WYRALLAH (Lt Cdr G D Tancred RAN) at Fremantle, YANDRA (Lt J A Tapin RANR (S) at Fremantle


Auxiliary minesweeping trawlers - ALFIE CAM (Lt Cdr N J Trace RANR), DURAWEEN (Lt Cdr C W J Patterson RANR), GOONAMBEE (Lt Cdr E W Andrewartha RANR), SAMUEL BENBOW (Lt Cdr K M Levy RANR), no locations given


Boom defence vessels - KANGAROO (Pbty Ty Lt L C Parnell RANR (S), KOALA (Btswn E D Wilder RAN), both at Sydney, KOOKABURRA (Lt H R Gaskill RANVR) at Darwin





Base ships - NADEN (Capt V G Brodeur RCN) at Esquimalt, STADACONA (Capt H E Reid RCN) at Halifax


Armed merchant cruisers - PRINCE DAVID (Ty Cdr W B Armit RD RCNR) at Halifax refitting, PRINCE HENRY (Capt J C I Edwards RCN) fitting out, PRINCE ROBERT (Ty Cdr F G Hart RCN) dep Callao 15 Dec


Destroyers - ANNAPOLIS (Cdr C D Donald RCN), COLUMBIA (Lt Cdr S W Davis Rtd) dep 26 Dec, ST CROIX (Cdr H Kingsley RCN), ST FRANCIS (A/Cdr H F Pullen RCN) arr 25 Dec, all arr, at or dep Halifax


Auxiliary anti-submarine vessels - ACADIA (Lt Cdr H G Shadforth RCNR), FRENCH (Lt J W Bonner RCNR), SANS PEUR (Actg Lt Cdr W C Halliday RCNR), all at Halifax, WOLF (Lt G A Gow RCNR) at Esquimalt


Minesweeping trawlers - ARMENTIERES (Lt T MacDuff RCNR) at Esquimalt, COMOX (Lt R R Kenney RCNR), FUNDY (Actg Lt Cdr A G Stanley RCNR), GASPE (Actg Lt Cdr H D Mackay RCNR), NOOTKA (Lt Cdr W J Fricker RCN), all but one at Halifax


Armed yachts - ELK (Lt Cdr N V Clark RCNR), HUSKY (Lt H Freeland RCNR), both arr Bermuda 23 Dec, REINDEER (Lt Cdr E G Skinner RCNR), SKY (no CO listed), both at Halifax


Patrol vessel - LAURIER (Lt R A S MacNeil RCNR) at Halifax


Boom defence vessels - FESTUBERT at Halifax




See also Red Sea Force and East Indies Command for operational warships


Depot ship - DALHOUSIE (Cdr A R Rattray RIN) at Bombay


Training ship - DUFFERIN (no CO listed) at Bombay


Survey ship - INVESTIGATOR (Lt Cdr W J C Hughes RIN, Cdr H C Beauchamp RIN from 11 Jan) at Bombay


Trawler - MADRAS (S/Lt R Williams RIN)



Only New Zealand units deployed in New Zealand Home Waters are listed here,

Overseas deployments are shown in their respective commands


Depot and training ship - PHILOMEL (Capt E Rotherham) at Auckland


Light cruiser - ACHILLES (Capt H M Barnes) dep Sydney 29 Dec for Auckland.


Armed merchant cruiser - MONOWAI (Actg Capt H V P McClintock) dep Auckland 31 Dec


25th Minesweeping Flotilla - minesweeping trawlers GALE, MATAI (SO), MURITAI (Ty S/Lt R Matheson NZRNVR), PURIRI, RATA (only one CO listed), all at Auckland


Auxiliary Minesweepers

Group I - DUCHESS (no CO listed), HUMPHREY (Ty Lt J Holt NZRNVR), WAKAKURA (Actg Cdr A D Holden NZRNVR) all at Auckland

Group II - FUTURIST, SOUTH SEAS (no COs listed), both at Wellington

Group III - JAMES COSGROVE (Lt Cdr H H Jones NZRNR), THOMAS CURREL (Ty Lt A G Nilsson NZRNVR), both at Lyttelton





Auxiliary anti-submarine trawlers - BLOOMVLEI (Sk S B Petzer SARNVR), MOOIVLEI (Sk H A Crons SARNVR), RONDEVLEI (Lt R P Dryden Dymond RNVR (SA), SMALVLEI (Lt J Leask SDF) all at Simonstown


Anti-submarine trawlers - SOUTHERN FLOE (Ty Lt J E J Lewis SARNVR), SOUTHERN ISLE (Ty Lt A C Matson SARNVR), SOUTHERN MAID (SO, Ty Lt Cdr A F Trew SARNVR), SOUTHERN SEA (Ty Lt A Thomas SARNVR), all dep Durban 15 Dec for Alexandria.


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