9 3 9
Attached to 5th Cruiser Squadron on
the China Station.
Based at Singapore and deployed in
Indian Ocean and Malacca Straits on
Search for enemy merchant ships
return to Europe.
Carried out patrol and
interception duties in East
Relieved by HM Cruiser DAUNTLESS and
took passage to Hong Kong
Based in Hong
contraband control search duties in
Escorted French liner ANDRE LEBON.
During search for German freighter
BURGENLAND reported on
passage from Kobe
Dutch ship and then joined the Armed
Merchant Cruiser MORETON BAY
off Japan in an endeavour to find enemy
Damaged in collision with Tanker
Propeller replaced and bow repaired in
dock at Hong Kong.
9 4 0
Transferred to Mediterranean Fleet and
took passage for Alexandria.
Under refit in Malta.
Transferred to Home Fleet.
Passage to Scapa Flow to join 18th
Cruiser Squadron in Home
Nominated for cover of simulated minelay
off Norway at Bud in Force WB with
HYPERION and HERO (Operation WILFRED).
Sailed with the destroyers HMS FEARLESS
and HMS HOSTILE to
ensure security of
minelay and to capture any German
in the area.
During deployment with HMS RENOWN to
cover minelay ordered
by CinC Home Fleet
to join units
on passage to patrol entrance to Vest
Due to fuel
shortage ordered to return to Scapa
Under air attack off Norwegian coast.
Joined escort for military convoy NP1
carrying troops for
landings in Norway,
Cruisers MANCHESTER and CAIRO screened
by HM Destroyers NUBIAN
SIKH and SOMALI
Detached from NP1 with HMS MANCHESTER
and HMS CAIRO screened
by HM Destroyers
VANOC and WHIRLWIND as escort for Polish
liner CHOBRY and
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA during
passage to Namsos.
MAURICE - See Naval Staff History.)
Destination changed to Lillesjona
where troops were to be transferred to
destroyers for the
passage to Namsos.
Passage to Scapa
Flow with HMS
VANOC and HMS WHIRLWIND escorting rms
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA.
Deployed to reinforce HMS CAIRO and two
French destroyers as escort for French
during final part of
passage to Namsos.
Return passage to Scapa Flow.
Took passage from Rosyth for delivery of
reinforcements to SICKLE FORCE at
Molde in company with HM Cruisers
MANCHESTER and YORK screened
Destroyers ACHERON, HMS ARROW and HMS
and stores were ferried ashore at Andalsnes
and HMS YORK.
For details see Naval Staff History.)
Retained in Norwegian waters with HMS
Sank the German Trawler SCHELSWIG
(Schiff 37) which had been
wearing a Dutch
this engagement rammed HMS ARROW.
Took part in evacuation of allied troops
and Molde with HM Cruisers
and CALCUTTA, HM Sloop HMS AUCKLAND and
DIANA, INGLEFIELD, MASHONA and SOMALI.
390 troops were
embarked for return passage.
For full details
of the Norwegian operations see NARVIK
by Donald MacIntyre
EXPEDITION by Jack Adams and Naval
Arrived at Scapa
Flow with passengers.
Transferred to Nore Command with HMS
MANCHESTER and HMS
duties in southern North Sea.
Sailed from Rosyth with HM Destroyers
HEREWARD and HYPERION
for duty in
Diverted on passage
to join search with destroyers for
reported in Little Fisher Bank area.
Under air attacks.
For details see Naval Staff History.
this search HM Destroyer KELLY was badly
damaged in action with E-Boats
and had to be
towed to Tyne for repair covered by this
Deployed with HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD to
cover the tow by HM Destroyer BULLDOG
damaged destroyer KELLY to Tyne Estuary.
Arrived at Harwich on completion and
deployed in support of
Based in Humber estuary with ships of
Squadron for patrol duty
Remained in North Sea for anti-invasion
Transferred to Sheerness for
Deployed with HM
Cruisers MANCHESTER and SOUTHAMPTON
screened by three
in search for invasion craft.
Under refit at Liverpool.
Type 286M surface warning radar fitted.
This was the first ship borne radar
capable of detection of surface
craft and was a modified RAF type
equipment fitted in aircraft for ship
For details of the development and use
by the RN
see RADAR AT
by D Howse.)
On completion returned to Scapa Flow to
resume Home Fleet duties.
18th Cruiser Squadron in Home Fleet for
escort and patrol duty
Approaches. One of the objectives of
this was the
interception of enemy
raiders and blockade runners.
Contraband Control in Northern waters
are given in ARMED MERCHANT
CRUISERS by K.
9 4 1
Relieved HM Cruisers AURORA and NAIAD
with HM Cruiser
EDINBURGH and three
as escort for the merchant ships
ELIZABETH BURKE, TAURUS and TAI
SHAN which had
escaped from Gotenberg
carrying essential commodities
Nominated for Ocean Escort of
Middle East military convoy and took
to Clyde to
Joined Convoy WS6A with HM Cruiser
PHOEBE and HM Armed
as Ocean Escort during
passage to Freetown.
HM Battleship RODNEY screened by HM
Destroyers ECLIPSE AND ELECTRA joined
HMS RODNEY and screen detached and
replaced by HM
Battlecruiser RENOWN and
Carrier ARK ROYAL.
HM Battleship MALAYA joined.
Arrived at Freetown with WS6A
Sailed from Freetown as Convoy WS6 Ocean
passage to Cape
HMS PHOEBE and HMS
Detached from WS6 on arrival at Cape
Joined 18th Cruiser
Squadron for trade defence duties in South
Nominated for return to
Home Fleet duties and took passage to Scapa Flow.
with Home Fleet.
Ocean Escort for minelay in Northern
Barrage by 1st
Diverted with HMS EDINBURGH, HMS
MANCHESTER, HMS SOMALI and
destroyers to intercept German Weather
MUNCHEN known to be on
operation was intended to obtain the
its associated documentation. MUNCHEN
but these vital
recovered by the boarding party before
Deployed with HMS MANCHESTER for
interception patrol between Faeroes
Joined by HM Cruiser ARETHUSA.
Patrol line adjusted after loss of HM
Battleship HOOD on
order to cover any
escape by BISMARCK to NE of Iceland.
Transferred to South Atlantic as Flagship for ships engaged in trade defence.
Ocean Escort for Middle East WS military
convoy during passage to
Joined Convoy WS9A with HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser DUNOTTAR CASTLE.
with Convoy WS9A.
Sailed from Freetown for Cape of Good
Hope with WS9A.
Took passage to Durban
as WS9A Ocean Escort.
Detached from WS9A on relief by HM
Deployed for commerce raider
interception and trade defence.
Interception patrols and
convoy defence deployment in southern
9 4 2
Deployed off Falklands with HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser HMS
entered war to deter any possible
Under refit by HM Dockyard Simonstown,
20mm Close Range
AA armament fitted and Radar Type 284
for 6in main armament
installed. Surface warning Type 286M
replaced by improved
equipment (Type 291) using rotating
aerial instead of 'fixed' type
During refit period
transferred to 4th Cruiser Squadron in
On completion of Post
Refit trials detached for duty at
Alexandria with the
with HMS NEWCASTLE.
Took passage via Suez
Arrived at Alexandria
for service with 15th
Part of escort for passage of Malta
relief convoy from Alexandria with ships
Cruiser Squadron and destroyers of
Under heavy air attacks and damaged by
near miss. The
structure disabled gun turrets.
Returned to Alexandria when operation
was abandoned due to
threat of surface
by Italian fleet and continuation of
Full details of
this disastrous operation which was a
classic case of much
by shore authorities is given in ENGAGE
Corelli Barnett, THE BATTLE FOR THE
D MacIntyre, MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodman
Naval Staff History)
Passage to Kilindini to rejoin Eastern
Deployed at Kilindini with HM Battleship
(Note: This was
part of the revised policy made possible
by the arrival of
in the Indian Ocean and intended to
intensify the RN
o naval operations in South East Asia
Took passage to Colombo with HM Cruiser
MAURITIUS, HM Destroyers NORMAN,
INCONSTANT and Dutch VAN GALEN as Force
At Colombo and prepared to provide cover
passage of three Dummy convoys on
of Bengal to
simulate an attack en the Andaman
- Diversion during US landings on Guadalcanal.
STAB cancelled after CinC
determined that the objective had been
(See WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO), Volume HE)
Returned to Kilindini with HM Minelaying
Deployed with Eastern Fleet ships
including HM Cruiser GAMBIA, HM Seaplane
ALBATROSS escorted by HM Destroyers
EXPRESS, FORTUNE, HOTSPUR
INCONSTANT to Majunga with Netherlands
destroyer VAN HEEMSKERCK for the final
Madagascar by 29th Infantry Brigade
Covered landings at Majunga, Madagascar.
Supported landings at Antanarive until
Supported landings at Tamatave.
Returned to trade protection
duty in Indian
Rescued survivors from ss
sunk by Japanese submarine 129 off
Deployed with Eastern Fleet for
trade protection duty and offensive
activities between 1942 and 1945 are
provided in OPERATION
PACIFIC by E. Gray).
9 4 3
Eastern Fleet deployment in
Nominated for return to UK for refit
after escort of military
Joined Convoy WS26 at Durban with HM
Cruiser CERES as Ocean Escort
Detached from WS26 on relief by HMS
(Note: HMS CERES
detached on 8th.)
Taken in hand for repair
and refit by HM Dockyard on arrival.
further deployment with Eastern Fleet.
fitted for AA fire-control (Type 285),
and IFF sets
installed. Radar Type 291 for
surface and air warning replaced
by new 10cm
Type 273- (For details see RADAR AT SEA
by D. Howse).
On completion carried out post
refit trials at Plymouth.
Prepared for foreign
service and work-up with Home
On completion of work-up at Scapa Flow
took passage to rejoin Eastern Fleet
Deployed in eastern Mediterranean.
Sustained major damaged after being hit
by torpedo fired from
U407 off the
coast of Cyrenaica.
Forward magazine flooded and ship
listed 8 degrees. Speed
had to be
reduced to 20 knots.
Under temporary repair at Alexandria.
9 4 4
made for permanent repair to be carried
out in US Navy shipyard.
Passage to USA
Taken in hand for repair and refit by
US Navy Yard at Norfolk,
(Note: Preparatory work for
installation of RN radar and other
On completion of trials took
passage to UK to complete refit work in
Under refit at HM Dockyard,
Type 282 AA fire control radar fitted
Range weapons. X Turret and
aircraft facility removed.
9 4 5
Joined 10th Cruiser Squadron in Home
Fleet at Scapa Flow.
Deployed with Home Fleet and took
part in offensive sweeps against
(For details of Home Fleet
operations off Norway
between 1944 and 1945
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli
Deployed with HM Cruiser BELLONA to
cover air strikes by HM
HMS QUEEN, HMS
SEARCHER and HMS TRUMPETER on Norwegian
This operation had to be cancelled
patrol inside Arctic
Passage to Copenhagen with HM Cruiser
DIDO screened by HM
ZEPHYR and ZEST
Accepted surrender of German warships
PRINZ EUGEN and NURNBERG.
Relieved by HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE and
returned to Scapa Flow.
Embarked troops at Rosyth for passage to
Trondheim to assist with capture of
still not in custody.
Arrived in Trondheim.
Deployed as Flagship to
10th Cruiser Squadron, Home
in Home Fleet until the end of
hostilities with Japan.