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for service with 1st Minelaying
completion and commenced Acceptance
During work-up laid dummy minefield
off Orkneys for submarine
Deployed for delivery of mines to
detached service with Home Fleet ships
in support of Malta
with HM Battleship NELSON, HM Cruisers
ARETHUSA, EDINBURGH and
HM Destroyers COSSACK, LIGHTNING, MAORI,
SIKH, AVONVALE, ERIDGE and FARNDALE
as escort for military convoy WS9C for
destined for Malta detached and became
Convoy GM1 (Operation
stores and personnel at Gibraltar for
passage to Malta
with HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, EDINBURGH and
HM Destroyers COSSACK, MAORI, NESTOR
(RAN), FEARLESS, FOXHOUND,
FIREDRAKE, ENCOUNTER, ERIDGE and
FARNDALE for escort of convoy through
Sicilian Narrows into Malta as Force X.
Cover was provided for passage in
Mediterranean by ships of Force H based
(Note: For details of passage of
SUBSTANCE Convoy and subsequent similar
see MALTA CONVOYS by R Woodman. THE
BATTLE FOR THE
MEDITERRANEAN by D MacIntyre,
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by C Barnett
and the Naval Staff History.)
Under air attacks with Force X and mercantiles.
(Note: : HMS
MANCHESTER and HMS FEARLESS were hit by
HMS FEARLESS had to be sunk by HMS
FORESTER but the cruiser
return to Gibraltar escorted by HMS
Force H ships detached and remained
west of Narrows.
stores on arrival in Malta and sailed
for return passage to Gibraltar with ships of
arrival at Gibraltar embarked stores
including aviation fuel with
transport to Malta.
(Note: Troopship LEINSTER intended to take passage with SUBSTANCE convoy
on departure and not able to continue.
Her passengers and
also embarked in HMS ARETHUSA and HMS
in a special
additional relief operation (Operation
from Gibraltar with the two cruisers
escorted by HM Destroyers SIKH
LIGHTNING for speedy passage to Malta as
Force X. Cover was again provided
by Force H
Narrows with Force X.
submarine TEMBIEN sunk by HMS HERMIONE.
Disembarked stores in Malta and sailed
for Gibraltar with Force X ships.
with ships of Forces H and X.
passage to UK
for planned minelaying operations.
for minelay in Mediterranean at Kyle of
(Note: These included adoption of a
disguise to ship so it appeared similar
French LEOPARD during the passage
through French coastal waters for a
mine lay off
west coast of Italy. Some sources record that this was the only
when a British warships displayed French
colours as part of a
mines at Milford Haven
from Milford Haven for Gibraltar.
to collect orders for MINCEMEAT.
French colours during passage near
Balearics and headed for Toulon.
150 mines in Gulf of Genoa
(Note: Diversionary air attacks were
carried out on Sardinia in Cover
Force H. See Naval Staff History.)
passage to Gibraltar with same procedure
when in French coastal waters.
at Kyle of Lochalsh
after successful operation
for duty with Home Fleet and deployed
with HM Cruiser KENYA and HM
Destroyer LIGHTNING for lay of
anti-shipping field off Norwegian coast.
with Squadron on return to Kyle of Lochalsh.
for minelay in English Channel and took
passage to embark mines at
out unescorted minelay off Les Heaux
out further unescorted minelay of Le
Havre (Field JT)
Returned to Kyle of
Nominated for minelaying duty in East
Coast Barrier with HM Fast Minelayer
Field SN16Ain East Coast Barrier off
Field SN16B north of Aberdeen
Field SN16C north of Aberdeen.
for further minelaying operations in English Channel and
Field HF off St Valery
with HMS WELSHMAN and carried out lay of
Field HG off Lorient
out lay of Field JX(B))
off St Valery
(Note: HMS WELSHMAN laid Field JX(A)
Under repair by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Passage to Kyle of Lochalsh
completion of repair.
Nominated for minelay in Northern
Planned lay of Field 7C cancelled and
took passage to Scapa Flow for detached
Planned minelay cancelled and
transferred to Channel for minelay in Bay of Biscay.
Diverted for delivery of stores to
Gibraltar and took passage.
to Milford Haven to embark mines for
anti-submarine mine lay in Bay
Carried out lay of Field HJ3 in Bay
On completion took passage to Liverpool.
Taken in hand for routine docking at Liverpool.
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completion of docking and maintenance
too passage to Plymouth to resume
out minelay off Bellisle
in perceived path of likely
to be used in the event of
from Brest by the German warships
SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU
to return to
Germany by passage through English
Field HL1 off Ile
Field HL2 off Ile
On completion took passage to Milford
Haven to embark mines for further
in Bay of Biscay.
passage to carry out minelay of Field
HJ5 engaged aircraft attacking convoy
completed lay without interference.
Deployed with HMS WELSHMAN and carried
out lay of Field HJ7.
Laid Field HJ8 independently.
Laid Field HJ9 independently.
Took passage from Plymouth
to resume Squadron duties at Kyle
Deployed at Kyle of Lochalsh
Nominated for service in Indian Ocean to
relieve HM Fast Minelayer ABDIEL
Eastern Fleet which had been damaged
by grounding and was under repair.
Embarked stores and
personnel for passage to Gibraltar,
West Africa and Simons Town.
Sailed from Plymouth
to join Eastern Fleet.
Passage in Indian Ocean after
at Kilindini and joined Eastern Fleet
(Note: Eastern Fleet units were based
at Kilindini after the losses of RN
April when a
Japanese aircraft carrier force
One source records that after call at
Durban on 9th this ship went to Diego
Suarez which had just been captured
during landings in Northern
Madagascar (Operation IRONCLAD)
Nominated for special duty to assess
requirements for storage and supply of
for use in
Indian Ocean during planned operations.
Deployed for an extended cruise to
Colombo, Trincomalee, Bombay, Addu
for local discussions and assessment
On arrival at Madras at end of cruise
nominated for support of special
Indian Ocean (Operation STAB).
Prepared for escort of Dummy convoy
nominated as Force M to suggest an
landing on the Andaman Islands.
from Madras with HM Corvette ASTER and
HM Indian Auxiliary
SONAVATI as escort for four mercantiles
during passage in Bay of Bengal
(Note: The mercantiles
YVENSANG and ss
return passage to Madras.
(Note: This was to imply the
cancellation of landing operations.)
On return nominated for support of
planned landings to complete the
Vichy French held Madagascar (Operation
Kilindini to join Force M.
Arrived at Kilindini and took part in
Exercise TOUCHDOWN with Force M
preparation for ESME B and main landings
(Note: Other Ships in Force M
included HM Cruisers BIRMINGHAM,
GAMBIA and CARADOC, HM Aircraft Carrier
EREBUS, HM Seaplane Carrier ALBATROSS
(As HQ Ship), HM Destroyers
NAPIER (RAN), NORMAN, NIZAM,
FOXHOUND, HOTSPUR, ARROW,
BLACKMORE. ACTIVE, INCONSTANT, FORTUNE, NEPAL (RAN),
Dutch destroyers VAN GALEN and TJERK
HIDDES, HM Corvette FREESIA,
HM Fleet Minesweepers CROMER,
CROMARTY, ROMNEY, HM Whalers
LURCHER, MASTIFF, SIGFAR (?) and HM
carrying Assault Force with equipment
Royal Marines detachment from HMS
CARADOC and troops of Pretoria
Highlanders to capture island of Noise Be off NW coast of
to Noise Be.
inside harbour at Heleville,
Noise B and carried out
mortars carried by landing parties prior
to landings (Operation ESME B)
(Note: Port was captured with only
to land military force from position in
river below Maromandia
on main island
Marines occupied town after surrender of
Vichy French troops.
Deployed to carry out reconnaissance
Dauphin on southern tip of Madagascar.
Found local authorities friendly.
Released from STREAM before
final armistice in Madagascar.
For details of Madagascar operations see
WAR WITH JAPAN and Naval Staff
Transferred to Mediterranean
for minelaying operations.
Took passage to join Fleet at Alexandria.
Arrived at Port
Said after passage in Red Sea.
Joined Mediterranean Fleet and
deployed at Alexandria.
passage from Alexandria to Malta with
stores and personnel escorted by six
stores and personnel.
Arrived in Malta.
(Note: First surface ships to arrive
from Egypt for 12 weeks.
Embarked and prepared mines for first
minelay with great
difficulty because of
passage to Algiers with mines embarked
for first lay.
minefield off Cani
rocks in Sicilian Channel and
returned to Algiers
(Note: Although an E-Boat was sighted
and passed near ship the lay was
passage from Algiers
to Gibraltar to collect supply of
Hit by torpedo from U375 off Algiers in
position 36.39N 00.15E and sustained
Torpedo struck port side causing
flooding of Engine and Gearing Rooms
caused 12 degree list.
Taken in tow by HM Destroyer
PATHFINDER and escorted by HM Destroyer
under HM Tug
RESTIVE arrived to take over operation.
emergency repair to allow passage
under tow to Gibraltar.
Took passage to Gibraltar
Under repair by HM Dockyard Gibraltar
to allow permanent repair in UK
Under repair and docking at Gibraltar
repair arranged at Hawthorn Leslie
shipyard in Newcastle.
Prepared for Atlantic passage under tow
from Gibraltar under tow as part of
Convoy SL131 with ships of MKS15G for
passage to Liverpool
from SL131 on arrival at Liverpool
in Newcastle under tow.
in hand for repair by Hawthorn Leslie
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for service in British Pacific Fleet on
completion of work-up
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Note: One source records that ship went
to Rosyth for completion of some
recommissioning. This is in doubt and is
Revised record will be provided when
Nominated for Dummy
Minelay on completion of post refit
Recommissioned for service in BPF.
Carried out sea
trials including Full Power on
Embarked Dummy mines at NIC Quay,
Carried out Dummy minelay and on
completion took passage to Sheerness.
Leave period and prepared for foreign
Passage to Portsmouth
Embarked Mines at Priddy’s
Hard for delivery to Royal Australian
Sailed from Portsmouth
with stores for Gibraltar and Malta.
service in Mediterranean with ships of
of Suez Canal
Passage to Australia
to join BPF with call at Cocos
Fremantle on passage
Passage to Geelong.
(Note: Ships of British Pacific Fleet
which had been under US Navy control
RN control after VJ Day. For details see
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET
by J Winton and WAR WITH JAPAN
Disembarked mines at RAN Depot and
took passage to Melbourne
Docked at RAN Dockyard, Williamstown
for repairs to propeller shafts
(Note: The repair involved us of
lathes suitable for this type of work
available in Williamstown dockyard and
completion was delayed by need
to another facility.)
Nominated for support of repatriation
operations and for transport of stores
bases in Pacific.
to Sydney to prepare for transport of
Passage to Tokyo
for first trooping mission with
calls at Manus and Guam.