9 4 1
Commissioned for service in 15th Cruiser
Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
On completion took passage to Scapa Flow to work-up with ships of Home Fleet.
9 4 2
Worked-up for operational service based
Passage to Clyde
Sailed from Clyde
Arrived at Malta
with HM Destroyer FORTUNE after call at
Under air attack
during entry into Grand
Hit by 500Kg bomb which exploded after
passing through forward structure.
Sustained flooding forward with some
damage to torpedo tubes and structure
Taken in hand for repair by HM Dockyard,
On completion deployed with HM Destroyer
KINGSTON to join Force B in search for Italian
(Note: Force B included Flagship of
Squadron, HM Cruiser NAIAD.
During search with Force B came under
sustained air attacks
Following loss of HMS NAIAD by torpedo
from U565 became Flagship of Squadron.
Rhodes with ships of 15th Cruiser
Provided cover for Malta
supply convoy (MW10) during passage from
(Operation MG1) with H M Cruisers DIDO
and EURYALUS (Force B) in conjunction
Cruiser PENELOPE and
HM Destroyer LEGION (Force K) from Malta.
Joined convoy escort (HM Cruiser
CARLISLE and HUNT Class Destroyers).
aircraft and superior Italian naval
force including battleship LITTORIO
After brief engagement and threat of
torpedo attack by the
destroyers, Italian ship turned
convoy was saved.
Hit on Bridge by 6in return fire from an
Italian cruiser caused some casualties.
(2nd Battle of Sirte
- for details see MEDITERRANEAN
G. C. Connell.
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
by D Macintyre.
CONVOYS by R
Woodman and Naval
(Note: Convoy MW10 came under heavy air
attacks and losses.
Returned to Alexandria
with Force B.
(Note: Congratulatory signal from Prime
Minister was received by Admiral Vian
with a superior Italian force.)
Deployed in eastern Mediterranean with Squadron based at Alexandria
(Note: Operation IRONCLAD in Indian
to carry out landings at Diego Suarez,
had reduced strength of Fleet in Eastern Mediterranean and no relief
passed to Malta.)
Deployed as Flagship
of escort for Malta
supply convoy (MW11) with ships of
been reinforced by HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE
service in Eastern Fleet fir IRONCLAD
(Note: HM Battleship CENTURION (Pre 1911
build), disguised as modern King George
and 25 destroyers also formed part of
This was also intended as a Diversion
during passage of a relief convoy to Malta
Under heavy and sustained attacks by
high level and dive bombers.
After night torpedo boat attacks, a
surface threat from heavy Italian naval
force and a series of
orders from a new CinC in Alexandria,
(See above references for details of
this ill fated and poorly organised
Transferred to Haifa
with ships of Squadron to act as a
Bombardment Force for support of
(Note: Operation EXPORTER to support
military advance in Syria
has begun and support
was planned. Vichy French warships were
also known to be active.
See RELUCTANT ENEMIES and Naval Staff
History and Military (Middle
Deployed with Squadron in eastern Mediterranean based at Haifa.
Carried out bombardment at Rhodes
with HM Cruiser ARETHUSA, HM Destroyers
JAVELIN, KELVIN, SIKH and NUBIAN as a
Diversion during passage of Malta Relief
Convoy from Gibraltar
Nominated for self refit at Massawa
Passage to Massawa.
self-refit at Massawa.
(Note: As there was no suitable floating
dock available extempore arrangements
Only the half the ship could be raised
at a time.
Some damage was caused when ship slipped
On completion took passage to rejoin Fleet
in the Mediterranean.
Joined HM Cruisers ORION and EURYALUS
for deployment in eastern Mediterranean
Deployed with HM Cruisers ARETHUSA,
DIDO, EURYALUS, ORION and destroyers of
14th Destroyer Flotilla to cover passage
of MW13 to Malta
(Note: This was first relief convoy to Malta
since siege was lifted - Operation
During air attacks on 18th HMS ARETHUSA
was seriously damaged but able to
return to Alexandria
with great difficulty.)
Nominated for return to Malta
as Force K.
(Note: Other ships in Force K comprised
HM Cruisers DIDO, EURYALUS, HM
JAVELIN, KELVIN and
Sailed from Alexandria
for service based in Malta.
Deployed with Force K to cover passage
of Convoy MW14 during final stage of
Transferred to Bone with HM Cruisers
ARGONAUT, DIDO and EURYALUS for
Force Q for attacks on enemy supply
convoys to North African ports.
In action with HM Cruisers EURYALUS and
four destroyers against convoy off
see above references
9 4 3
Bombarded enemy withdrawal route near Zuara,
with HMS EURYALUS and HM
Destroyers JERVIS, JAVELIN, KELVIN
Deployed in eastern Mediterranean on convoy defence and for support of military
operations, based at Bone.
Transferred to 12th Cruiser Squadron and
continued deployment at Bone
Escorted military convoys for build up
of allied forces before allied landings
Based at Bone for support of planned
allied landings in Sicily,
Sailed from Algiers
to commence HUSKY support
Covered assault convoys in Gulf
with Force H and Mediterranean Fleet
Deployed in Ionian
with HM Battleships NELSON, RODNEY,
VALIANT, HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE and FORMIDABLE and ships of
(Operation HUSKY - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY and Naval Staff
Deployed for gunfire support on northern
Flank of Beach head,
Involved in “Friendly Fire” incident
with HM Cruiser EURYALUS and Motor
(Note: This incident was not public
knowledge until after 1993.
For information on this subject see
by P Kemp.)
Deployed for interception patrol with
HMS EURYALUS and HM Destroyers ILEX and
During anti-submarine operations the two
destroyers sank the Italian submarine
10 miles SE of
Torpedo attack by aircraft during naval
gunfire support failed.
Hit amidships by torpedo from Italian
damage to structure with flooding of
Only 'Local' control of armament was
30 of ship's company were killed or
missing with 23 wounded,
(Note: Submarine probably DANDALO but
another source claims ALAGI)
Returned to Malta
at 10 knots screened by HM Destroyers
QUIBERON and QUAIL
with AA cover
by HMS EURYALUS.
Deployed at Malta
pending arrangements for repair.
Under temporary repair to allow passage
Repair arranged in USA
Passage to Gibraltar
with call at Algiera
Sailed from Gibraltar
Taken in hand for repair and refit in US
Navy Yard, Philadelphia
Under repair and refit.
9 4 4
Under repair and refit
Carried out post refit trials.
On completion of trials took passage
with call at New
Deployed at Bermuda
for shakedown before passage to Clyde.
Arrived in Clyde
refit work and A's and A's in Clyde
(Note: Work including installation of
equipment not available in USA
radars and IFF
Q 5.25in mounting
forward replaced by Close Range AA
For details of development and use of
radar see RADAR AT SEA
by D Howse.
9 4 5
post refit trials.
Nominated for duty in Eastern Fleet
and began work-up in Clyde.
Took passage from Clyde
for further working-up in Malta
with ships of
Arrived in Malta
Deployed in Malta.
on completion to join 5th Cruiser
Squadron in Eastern Fleet.
Passage in Red
Arrived at Colombo.
Joined 5th Cruiser Squadron, East Indies Fleet
Deployed for exercises with ships of
Eastern Fleet in preparation for planned
in Malaya (Operation ZIPPER).
(Note: Operation delayed by US
insistence and problems relating to
return of service
under the PYTHON Scheme. See Final
Report of the
Supreme Commander SEAC (HMSO)
Nominated for duty
as Flagship for Re-occupation of
Singapore (Operation TIDERACE.)
Eastern Fleet for passage to Penang
Passage from Colombo
for surrender ceremonies.
Covered minesweeping operation during
passage in Malacca Strait to Singapore.
Arrived at Singapore
with HM Minesweeper BENGAL
(RIN) and remained for
Covered landings at Port Swettenham
with HM Battleship NELSON, French
ships of 21st Escort Aircraft Carrier Squadron
, HM Cruisers NIGERIA,
and 15 Fleet Destroyers.
(Operation ZIPPER - For details of this
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY and Naval
Attended Formal Surrender at Singapore
Released from ZIPPER and took return
passage to Trincomalee.