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3rd Detached from 2nd Cruiser Squadron Home Fleet with HM
Cruiser GLASGOW and
Humber Force for patrol off Norway in search for German blockade
4th One of the attendant destroyers HMS JERSEY intercepted the
22nd Planned offensive sweep in Skagerrak by 2nd Cruiser Squadron cancelled during
25th Escorted damaged submarine HMS SPEARFISH from Horns Reef to
Rosyth with the
SHEFFIELD, GLASGOW and AURORA screened by 6 Fleet destroyers.
RAF air cover
was also provided.
26th Under air attack for first time.
8th Deployed with HM Battlecruisers HOOD and REPULSE, HM
GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD screened by four Fleet destroyers in
search for German
GNEISENAU, cruiser KOLN and destroyer escort reported in North Sea, south
16th Damaged during air raid on warships in Forth Estuary.
penetrated three decks.
patrol SE of Norway.
10th Joined Striking Force with HM Cruisers BELFAST, GLASGOW and AURORA for
North Sea patrol.
21st During departure from Rosyth with HMS BELFAST had to return
to return to harbour
when HMS BELFAST
detonated a magnetic mine.
23rd Carried out search between Iceland and Faeroes with HM Cruisers EDINBURGH
AURORA for SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU after the
sinking of HM Armed
24th Under repair in Tyne
shipyard until 23rd January 1940.
Radar Type 279
fitted for air warning.
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23rd Rejoined Home Fleet on completion.
February Deployed with ships of 10tn
Cruiser Squadron on convoy defence in North Sea.
to and patrol duty in
NW Approaches to intercept commerce raiders.
7th Deployed to cover convoy ON25 to Norway with HMS MANCHESTER and the
ECLIPSE, GRENADE, JANUS and JAVELIN.
Auxiliary Minelayer TEVIOT BANK, HM Destroyers ILEX, INGLEFIELD,
ISIS and IMOGEN
which had been on passage to lay minefield of Bud and later ordered
to join Home
Fleet when Operation R4 was cancelled Transferred to Home Fleet.
9th Joined Home Fleet ships.
Detached with HM
Cruisers MANCHESTER, GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD with screen
destroyers to attack shipping at Bergen.
cancelled by Admiralty during passage and returned to rejoin Home Fleet units.
attacks and sustained slight damage.
Returned to Scapa Flow to refuel.
12th Embarked half a battalion of Scots Guards with General
Mackesy, the Military
operations in Norway and sailed from Scapa Flow.
destination changed to Vestfjord not received until after landings
had been made at
Salangen. Attacked by U38 during patrol off Narvik but this
failed due to
torpedo defect. On arrival at Harstad Military decided to land
Sjovegan 35 miles NE of Narvik.
ELECTRA and ESCAPADE provided screen during passage
14th Arrived at Vaagsfjord and disembarked General Mackesey.
Landed troops at
15th Deployed with Narvik Force to support shore military
operations and for defence against
air attacks on
(For details see
THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by Jack Adams).
19th Returned to Scapa
(For details of
the policy changes and setbacks during the disastrous allied
operations in Norway see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C.
MacIntyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton, THE DOOMED
Jack Adams and the Naval Staff History.
29th Detached from Narvik Force to assist in evacuation of allied
troops from Andalsnes
30th Deployed at Andalsnes to support evacuation of allied troops
with HM Destroyers
SIKH, WALKER and WESTCOTT.
1st Provided AA defence during evacuation from Andalsnes and
Molde. Part of the
Naval Base Party
and 300 troops were embarked from HM Destroyers SIKH and
which had picked them up at Alfarnes six miles to the north of
2nd Returned to Scapa
25th Under sustained air attacks lasting two days off Harstad
27th Provided naval gunfire support for assault by Polish troops
on the Arkanes
part of allied military operation to capture Narvik.
28th Under air attack.
29th Damaged in air attacks and repair carried out by ships staff.
7th Flagship of Flag Officer, Narvik (Admiral of the Fleet The
Earl of Cork and
evacuation from Narvik. Embarked General Auchinleck and the
Bathouart and joined escort for troop convoy (Group II).
taking party in evacuation included HM Destroyers HAVELOCK, FAME,
BEAGLE and DELIGHT.
9th Reported sighting of wreckage during return passage with
Group II convoy.
(Note: This was
later identified as being from HM Aircraft Carrier GLORIOUS which
had been sunk by
German SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU on 8th.)
10th Detached from convoy and returned to Scapa Flow with HMS COVENTRY.
6th Escorted the damaged submarine HMS SHARK with HMS COVENTRY
and under air
16th Deployed with HM Cruisers GLASGOW, SHROPSHIRE and SUFFOLK to intercept
reported in North
Sea. After HMS
GLASGOW collided with HM
in fog, returned to Scapa
Flow with these
31st Transferred with HM Cruisers BIRMINGHAM and MANCHESTER to Thames Estuary
September Deployed for anti-invasion patrol
duties in North
October Nominated for service in Mediterranean and to escort ships during passage to Malta
16th Returned to Scapa
15th Deployed with HM Cruiser MANCHESTER as escort for ss NEW ZEALAND STAR
passage from Scapa
Joined by ss FRANCONIA, ss CLAN FORBES and ss CLAN FRASER.
detached with ss FRANCONIA and took passage to Gibraltar.
the remaining mercantiles.
Destroyers JAGUAR and KELVIN were also deployed.)
21st Detached when HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD joined as escort for mercantiles during
Took passage to Gibraltar.
source records that troops were embarked)
24th Embarked RAF personnel for passage to Malta.
25th Joined Force F with HMS MANCHESTER, HM Destroyer HOTSPUR, HM
SALVIA and HYACINTH for passage to eastern Mediterranean
Mediterranean Fleet based at Alexandria.
Rejoined ss NEW ZEALAND STAR, ss CLAN FRASER and ss CLAN FORBES as
screened by HM
Destroyers DUNCAN and VIDETTE. Cover was provided by HM
RENOWN, HM Aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD
screened by eight destroyers of Force H.
Rejoined ss NEW ZEALAND STAR, ss CLAN FRASER and
ss CLAN FORBES as
COLLAR which included the passage of three mercantiles).
27th Joined by Force D comprising HM Battleship RAMILLIES, HM
COVENTRY and NEWCASTLE, HM Destroyers DEFENDER, DIAMOND,
detached with escort before taking part in brief but long range engagement
warships including three battleships and several heavy cruisers screened by
attacks from HM Aircraft Carrier ARK ROYAL and an exchange of fire
the enemy ships
broke of the action.
(Battle of Cape Spartivento – see Naval Staff History (HMSO, 2002),
THE BATTLE FOR
THE MEDITERRANEAN by D. MacIntyre and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
Somerville’s decision to discontinue pursuit was the subject of an
of enquiry supported this as it was clear his orders to
arrival of this convoy were correct.)
mercantiles and made passage through Sicilian Narrows with Mediterranean
(Battle of Cape Spartivento).
28th Landed personnel in Malta. and completion joined escort for Convoy
ME4 during passage
(Note: ss NEW ZEALAND STAR joined the three empty mercantiles in
30th Arrived at Alexandria and joined 7th Cruiser Squadron.
December Nominated for detached service on
East Indies Station for convoy defence.
2nd Sailed from Alexandria and took passage to Durban.
3rd Passage in Red
10th Passage in Indian
passage to provide support to military operations in Italian Somaliland.
at Kismayu and on completion took passage to Durban.
16th Joined HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE
and SHROPSHIRE at Durban for Ocean
Escort of WS4B
during passage to Suez.
28th Detached from WS4B on arrival at Suez.
DEVONSHIRE detached on 18th and HMS SHROPSHIRE on
26th HM Cruiser CARLISLE, HM Destroyers KANDAHAR and
KIMBERLEY joined WS4B to supplement escort in Red Sea.)
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for escort and cover of Malta convoys (Operation MC4)
5th Sailed for Suda Bay, Crete with HM Cruiser GLOUCESTER, HM Destroyer ILEX and
JANUS as Force
6th Embarked troops at Suda Bay for passage to Malta.
for part of passage to Piraeus
7th Detached from convoy to proceed to Malta.
8th Landed troops.
9th Joined HM Cruiser BONAVENTURE, HM Destroyers HASTY, HASTY,
and HERO with
Force D ships. This cruiser and 4 destroyers were on passage in the
to reinforce the Fleet in the eastern Mediterranean.
(Note: Part of a
joint operation (EXCESS) with Force H at Gibraltar also
taking urgent supplies to Malta and Greece.
See ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, Naval Staff History and the above
10th Part of escort for damaged destroyer HMS GALLANT which had
been mined during
EXCESS Convoy and was under tow by HM Destroyer MOHAWK.
GLOUCESTER, HMS BONAVENTURE and HM Destroyers GRIFFIN and
also in this operation)
11th Rejoined Fleet after HMS GALLANT reached Malta.
Joined escort for
EXCESS convoy to Alexandria with HMS GLOUCESTER and HM
and JAGUAR. Under attack by dive bombers SE of Malta and hit by
action bombs which caused very extensive damage. In the face of
attacks repair work was impossible and the ship was abandoned
survivors had been rescued by the destroyer HMS DIAMOND.
torpedoes from HM Cruisers GLOUCESTER and ORION.
(For details see
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN and the Naval Staff History).