e r a l d i c D a t a
A Field wavy of nine
Silver and Blue
o t t o
sed affluo: ‘ I flow but flow onwards’
e t a i l s o f
W a r S e r v i c e
Naval History Homepage
type name in Site Search)
9 3 9
Held in Reserve and planned use for Boys
training deferred by manning problem.
Commissioned for Reserve mobilisation.
Attended Reserve Fleet Review and remained
nominated for conversion for use as a
minelayer in anticipation of hostilities.
Stored for war service.
On completion of conversion and shakedown
worked-up for minelaying duties.
Passage to embark mines for first
Laid minefield in Heligoland Bight with HM
Destroyer EXPRESS after mines embarked at
Immingham (Operation AA).
Continued Heligoland Bight minelay with HMS
EXPRESS (Operation QQ)
Deployed as escort for HM Battleship ROYAL
SOVEREIGN during passage from Scapa Flow
Minelaying operations off Dutch coast
Reverted to A/S role for convoy defence in
Resumed minelaying operations.
Laid deep minefield in approaches to Thames
Estuary with HMS EXPRESS.
Joined 20th Destroyer Flotilla on formation
at Harwich for minelaying in Home waters.
Escorted HM Auxiliary Minelayer PRINCESS
VICTORIA with HM Destroyers EXPRESS,
BRAZEN and BOREAS and provided cover during
minelay in the East Coast Mine Barrier off
Harwich (Operation OF).
Escorted HMS PRINCESS VICTORIA for second
part of Operation GF with HMS EXPRESS,
HM Destroyers CODRINGTON and BRAZEN.
1 9 4 0
Deployed at Harwich with 20th Destroyer
Flotilla for convoy defence.
Escorted HMS PRINCESS VICTORIA with HM
Destroyer EXPRESS during lay of Dummy
mines along extent of East Coast Barrier
(Operations LD, LD2 and LD3)
On completion resumed Flotilla escort
Escorted HM Auxiliary Minelayer TEVIOT BANK
with HMS EXPRESS for first operational
lay of Deep minefield in Thames Approaches
Joined in minelay near Horns Reef,
Heligoland Bight with HM Destroyers
EXPRESS, ICARUS and IMPULSIVE (Operation
Reverted to A/S role in Moray Firth area
because of increase in U-Boat activity along
Escorted HMS TEVIOT BANK and HMS PRINCESS
VICTORIA with HM Destroyers
EXPRESS, IMPULSIVE and ICARUS for lay of
Deep Field in Moray Firth
Re-deployed in minelaying role for Operation
WILFRED and embarked mines at Immingham
for minelay off Norwegian coast.
Joined Home Fleet at Scapa Flow and
allocated to Force WV with ships of 20th
minelaying in Vest Fjord. (Operation
Deployed with HM Destroyers ICARUS,
IMPULSIVE and IVANHOE as 20th Destroyer
Flotilla for minelaying operations with Home
Sailed from Scapa Flows escorted by the HM
Destroyers HARDY, HAVOCK HOTSPUR and
HUNTER of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla.
Laid minefield in Vest Fjord (Operation EF)
Carried out patrol duty off Norway during
landings (Operation WILFRED).
Deployed with HM Destroyers IVANHOE,
FORESTER, ICARUS and KIMBERLEY for
screening of major Home Fleet ships.
Returned to Scapa Flow as screen for HM
Battleship RODNEY, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN
with same destroyers
Nominated for further minelaying operations.
Required for operation with HM Destroyers
EXPRESS and INTREPID to lay an extension to
Vest Fjord minefield using Narrow Gauge mine
rails and Type H2/VIII mines.
Changed mine rails and embarked mines at
Rejoined Home Fleet when ZMB cancelled.
Returned to Immingham to revert to Broad
Passage to Scapa Flow for further minelaying
duty off Norway.
Operation cancelled for lack of air cover.
(For details of disastrous operations off
Norway see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by Corelli Barnett, NARVIK by D. Macintyre,
THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by Adams,
CARRIER GLORIOUS by J Winton, and Naval
Staff History (HMSO, 2001)).
Laid minefield in Heligoland Bight
On return to Humber escorted HMS PRINCESS
VICTORIA during minelay off Dutch coast.
Deployed with HMS EXPRESS and HMS INTREPID
for lay of Shallow minefield in East Coast
Barrier (Operations BS3).
Repeated East Coast Barrier minelay
Laid minefield off Hook of Holland with HMS
EXPRESS and HMS IVANHOE.
Joined HMS PRINCESS VICTORIA with HM
Destroyers EXPRESS, INTREPID, IVANHOE
and IMPULSIVE for lay of additional part of
East Coast Barrier. (Operation BS5).
After HMS PRINCESS VICTORIA was mined in
Humber entry, remained in area to
shipping of new mine danger.
East Coast Barrier minelaying continued with
all ships of 20th Flotilla, except HMS
(Operations BS6 - 21/5 ; BS7 - 23/5; BS8 -
25/5 and BS9 - 27/5).
For details of all minelaying operations see
The Naval Staff History).
Passage to Dover for evacuation of allied
troops from Dunkirk. (Operation DYNAMO)
(Note: Rear Admiral Dover and Staff officers
embarked to act as Senior Naval Officer
Flag of SNO (Afloat) transferred to HM Fleet
(Note: Flag later transferred to a
Embarked troops and returned to Dover
Passage from Dover for 2nd embarkation.
Carried out Third trip and returned to Dover
to make second passage.
Carried out fifth trip and returned to
Sustained slight damage
Resumed DYNAMO duties after repair.,
Final embarkation trip and rescued over
1,000 French troops from ss SCOTIA which had
hit during air attacks and later sank
(Note: For details of numbers of troops
evacuated see BEF SHIPS by John de Winser
Naval Staff History (HMSO- 2002)
In all ship carried 3,100 troops to Dover in
DYNAMO evacuation trips.)
Rejoined Flotilla on release from DYNAMO and
resumed convoy defence and patrol.
Deployed as escort for HMS TEVIOT BANK, HM
Coastal Minelayer PLOVER and destroyers
of 20th Flotilla for minelays in East Coast
(Operations BS16 - 19/6; BS17 - 22/6 and
BS18 - 25/6)
(Note: Resumed Flotilla escort and patrol
duties between BS operations.
Escort and minelay duties in continuation.
Joined ships of 20th Flotilla for minelay in
Galloper area of the Thames Estuary
Continuation of Galloper minelay with 20th
Flotilla ships (except HMS IVANHOE).
Escorted HMS PLOVER and
Netherlands minelayer VAN DER ZAAN with HMS INTREPID
for minelay in East Coast Barrier lay
Deployed for lay of extension to East Coast
Barrier minefield with HMS PLOVER, Dutch
VAN DER ZAAN and HM Destroyers EXPRESS,
ICARUS, INTREPID and IMPULSIVE
Deployed with ships of 20th Flotilla
escorted by MTB's for lay of minefield off Belgian coast
Escorted HMS TEVIOT BANK, HMS PLOVER and
Dutch VAN DER ZAAN for lay in East Coast
Barrier with HM Destroyers ICARUS and
Escorted HMS TEVIOT BANK for lay in East
Coast Barrier (Operation BS35) and remained
on completion to ensure all mines laid
Sailed with HM Destroyers INTREPID, ICARUS,
IVANHOE and EXPRESS of 20th Flotilla
for minelay off Dutch coast, north of
Cover to provide protection against surface
attacks was provided by HM Destroyers
During passage, enemy ships were reported in
vicinity and CinC (NORE) then ordered
Almost immediately after this order had been
received HMS EXPRESS hit a mine in new
mine field and lost part of her bow
HMS ESK closed to assist and almost
immediately struck another mine.
Some 15 minutes later there was another
explosion amidships causing ship to break in
which sank quickly in position 53.23N
HMS IVANHOE rescued some survivors and 25
other were taken prisoner.
135 members of the ship's company were
(For full details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
and The Naval Staff History – BRITISH
minelaying BR1736 (56))
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
This convoy list has not been cross-checked
with the text above
convoy as escort