1 9 4 3
March Contractors harbour trials
service with Home Fleet.
12th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials in Clyde area.
April On completion of trials, storing and weapon
trials took passage to join Home Fleet
to May at
Deployed for landing trials, aircrew
training and work-up for operational service with
Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
June Home Fleet work-up in
part with HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS in offensive Home Fleet sweep off
Norway to simulate threat of invasion in Norway and as a diversion during allied HUSKY
landings in Sicily (Operation GOVERNOR)
Cover of flying operations was provided by HM Battleships ANSON and DUKE
OF YORK, cruisers of Home Fleet and screen
of destroyers from Scapa Flow.)
with HMS ILLUSTRIOUS in NW Approaches to carry out anti-submarine air
support of surface operations for convoy defence by Western Approaches Escort
Nominated for service in Mediterranean with Force V for support of planned allied landings
at Salerno, Italy (Operation AVALANCHE)
Passage via Gibraltar to join ships of Force V
September Joined HM Escort Aircraft Carriers
ATTACKER, BATTLE, HUNTER and STALKER
in Mediterranean in Force V.
Force V –Task Force 88 (Rear Admiral Vian)). Support
Carrier Force also comprised
HM Cruisers EURYALUS, CHARYBDIS and
SCYLLA, HM Destroyers
CLEVELAND, HOLCOMBE, ATHERSTONE,
HAYDON, Polish destroyers SLAZAK and KRAKOWIAK.)
October On release from detached
service with Force V took passage to Scapa Flow to resume
Home Fleet duties.
November Deployment with Home Fleet in continuation
December Nominated for transfer to Eastern
passage to Trincomalee with HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH, VALIANT,
HM Battlecruiser RENOWN and HM
Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS screened by Home
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January Passage in Mediterranean to Alexandria.
detached on arrival at Alexandria.
30th Arrived at Trincomalee via Red Sea to join Eastern Fleet.
February Deployed with eastern Fleet
during exercises to prepare for planned air operations
Japanese installations in Sumatra.
During this period ship was deployed as a Fleet aircraft carrier since her
be used for normal flying operations. The ship was also available for
aircraft and had repair facilities if required. No record of participation
operational attacks with Eastern Fleet can be traced.)
Nominated for transfer to British
December Passage in Indian Ocean to Fremantle
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January Nominated for special duty.
with HM Cruiser SUFFOLK, HM Destroyers ULSTER, QUIBERON (RAN)
QUICKMATCH (RAN) as escort for commercial liner during passage from
Fremantle to Sydney with HRH Duke of Gloucester to take up
as Governor General.
at Sydney to prepare for service in British Pacific Fleet
February Joined Fleet Train Task, Force
112 for aircraft repair and transport in support of air
by Fleet Aircraft Carriers of British Pacific Fleet.
Took passage to Manus, in Admiralty Islands with ships of Fleet Train to await transfer
for service in 5th US Fleet in SW Pacific.
Before formal transfer to US Navy overall command ships other than Fleet
Train were identified as Task Force
at Momote, Manus with Fleet Train
details of Fleet Train composition and function see THE FORGOTTEN
FLEET by J Winton.)
March Deployed at Manus
Pacific Fleet transferred and became Task Force 57.
ships required for replenishment went to the US Forward Base at
Leyte after the transfer. See above reference and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
April Deployed at Manus for aircraft repair and use
as a Ferry Carrier in support of
carrier deployed for air attacks on Japanese islands in Sakishima
during US landings on Okinawa (Operation ICEBERG I)
Transferred to Leyte for aircraft repair duties when Task Force 57
May Took passage to return to Manus after ships
of Task Force 57 sailed to continue air
off Sakishima Gunto
(Operation ICEBERG II)
Deployed at Manus
for repair duties.
June Returned to Sydney to prepare for planned operations against Japanese
British Pacific Fleet,
now designated Task Force 37 and attached to US 3rd Fleet.
passage to Manus to provide aircraft repair during planned operations off Japan.
July Aircraft repair and transport duties based
at Manus in continuation.
Replacement aircraft required were ferried from Sydney to Manus.)
August Manus duties in continuation.