Fleet Destroyer ordered from JS White,
Cowes IoW with the 8th Emergency Flotilla on 1st
September 1941 and laid down
on 31st December 1942. The ship was launched on
15th December 1943 as the 5th
RN warship to carry this name, previously used for
a corvette sold in 1904 and
introduced for a Prize captured in 1798. She had
been adopted by to civil
community of Pocklington,
then in the East Riding of
Yorkshire following a successful WARSHIP WEEK
campaign in March 1942. Build was completed on
26th May 1944 and the ship was
fitted for Arctic service.
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sea trials and
commissioned. for service with 26th Destroyer
Flotilla Home Fleet
Build completion and commenced
completion of trials and storing took passage to
Scapa Flow to work
up with ships of Home
up with Home Fleet
completion joined Flotilla for Fleet duties with
Deployed with Flotilla on
preliminary exercise for planned operation off
Escorted H M Aircraft Carriers
INDEFATIGABLE, TRUMPETER, NABOB, HM Cruisers
and DEVONSHIRE with Flotilla for air attacks on
shipping and shore
and Haramsa Is.,
OFFSPRING - For details see Naval Staff History
CONVOY ! by P
September Deployed with Flotilla in
of screen for HM Battleship RODNEY,
HM Cruiser DIADEM, HM Aircraft Carriers
and STRIKER with HM Destroyers MARNE, METEOR,
SCORPION, VENUS, VERULAM and VIRAGO as escort
for passage of
Convoy JW60 to Kola Inlet.
HMS RODNEY was included in case of any attack by
ship was disabled in an RAF raid on 15th Sept.)
Detached on arrival of JW60 after
Sailed as escort for return convoy
RA60 with same ships.
Convoy attacked by U310 which sank
Detached with HMS RODNEY and other
Home Fleet ships before arrival of convoy in
full details of Russian Convoy operations see
CONVOY! by P Kemp,
by RA Ruegg, THE
RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield
and ARCTIC CONVOYS
Joined Force 9 as escort for HM
Cruiser EURYALUS, HM Aircraft Carriers TRUMPETER
with HM Destroyers MYNGS, SCORPION, SERAPIS, HM
and SIOUX for air minelay and attacks on
LYCIDAS - For details see above references.)
Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier
IMPLACABLE and HM Cruiser BELLONA with Flotilla
and photo-reconnaissance off
Escorted HMS IMPLACABLE and HM
Cruiser MAURITIUS with Home Fleet destroyers for
attacks on targets in Bodo/Sandnessjoen,
Lodingen and Kristiansund
Nominated for service in Eastern Fleet_with
26th Destroyer Flotilla.
Refitted in Leith at a commercial shipyard prior
to foreign service
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On completion of post refit trials
Took passage to join
Eastern Fleet in Ceylon.
Joined Eastern Fleet for screening
and patrol duties with Flotilla.
Part of escort for HM Aircraft
Carrier EMPRESS, HM Aircraft Carrier AMEER, and
KENYA with HM Destroyer VIGILANT, HM Destroyer
frigates of the
Fleet for air photo-reconnaissance of Malacca
outward and return passages bombarded targets in
Deployed with HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ
and RAPID as Force 70 for reconnaissance
Sound and took passage to Malacca Straits.
Reconnaissance abandoned and
deployed on shipping sweep.
Bombarded railway works at Sigli,
Unsuccessful search for shipping in
After closing Port Blair harbour
found no shipping.
of Stewart Sound with Force 70.
defect prevented use
of one shaft and remained outside Sound.
air bursts over shore batteries.
shore fire during which HMS RAPID was hit.
HMS RAPID was serious damaged with several
casualties and loss
disabled by shore fire whilst HMS SAUMAREZ was
Stewart Sound but able to resume passage.
Three ratings killed
and eight wounded. For full details see
J Winton and WARE WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
three ships of Force 70 returned to Akyab
under own power.
Sailed with HMS SAUMAREZ, HMS VIRAGO
and HMS VIGILANT as Force 70 to carry
an anti-shipping sweep between Andamans and
Carried out an attack on enemy
convoy of four ships escorted by two Japanese
passage from Singapore to Port Blair.
half an hour during which surface gunfire and
torpedoes were used
support was provided by Liberator aircraft.
mercantiles were then sunk in a series of air
and surface attacks.
See above references.
Returned to Trincomalee with 52
Japanese survivors from convoy.
(Note: 18 torpedoes
and 3,160 rounds of 4.7in ammunition were
expended by ships of Force
attacks and the action was later described by
the Senior Officer as
taking stores to the Andaman garrison and the
passengers included some
ladies for their entertainment !).
Indian Ocean convoy defence
and interception of U-Boat supply ships.
Nominated for refit and
took passage to Durban.
During this refit an additional warning radar,
Type 291 was
fitted. and an improved
detection set (A/S Type 147B ), as well as a
radio equipment for direction
wireless communication transmissions.
fittings were removed to reduce top-weight. For
details of development
and use of
radio and ASDIC equipment during WW2 see RADAR
AT SEA by D
Howse and SEEK AND
STRIKE by W Hackmann).
On completion of post refit
trials took passage to rejoin Flotilla in East
Deployed with Flotilla for
screening duties and prepared for support of
planned landings in Malaya
details of delay in the start
of this operation see above references, WAR WITH
Final Report of the Supreme Commander SEAC.)
Passage to Penang as
part of screen for major units of East Indies
Sailed from Trincomalee to join
deployed for re-occupation of Penang.
Penang for re-occupation.
Sailed for Port Dickson area for support of
landings (Operation ZIPPER)
For details of ZIPPER and the earlier
delays until after VJ Day see THE FORGOTTEN
WITH JAPAN and Final Report of
Supreme Commander SEAC
P o s t W a r N o t e s
VOLAGE returned to Trincomalee and deployed with
Flotilla for local duties.
Later took passage to UK with Flotilla
and nominated for service in 3rd Destroyer
Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet in
Malta. Prepared for service at Portsmouth
before passage to Malta. On the 22nd October
1946 she sustained major damage
after striking a mine in the
Corfu Channel (below - Navy Photos/Peter
Crocker). The ship was repaired in Malta
but returned to UK in 1949 and
went into Reserve. After conversion
for use as an Anti-Submarine Frigate by her
builders she rejoined the Fleet in
1954 and served in the Dartmouth
Training Squadron for two years. During 1956 she
again went into Reserve and
was laid-up at Portsmouth.
The ship never re-commissioned. whilst at
Portsmouth in 1964 ship was used for
harbour training of Royal
Marines. Placed on the Disposal List she was
sold to BISCO in on 28th October 1972 and
yard for breaking-up by Pounds at Portchester
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