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Build completion and commenced Acceptance
Commissioned for service.
completion of trials and storing took
passage to Scapa Flow for work-up with
ships of Home
Work -up in continuation in North Sea
and NW Approaches.
Deployed with HM Cruiser
CURACOA and screen of 5 destroyers as
Dummy convoy of Auxiliary Minelayers from
1st Minelaying and colliers as a
during passage of Russian Convoy PQ17
Naval Staff History MINING.
for detached duty from Home Fleet in
support of Malta relief convoy.
PEDESTAL - For details see
THE BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
PEDESTAL by P Smith and Naval Staff
Deployed with HM Aircraft Carrier
and HM Cruiser PHOEBE to join HM
Carriers EAGLE, INDOMITABLE and ARGUS, HM
Cruisers PHOEBE in Atlantic
part in exercises in fighter direction and
multiple carrier operations.
BERSERK - See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse.).
Part of Force Z with HM Battleships
NELSON and RODNEY, HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE and EAGLE, HM Cruisers
screened by destroyers from Force H and
Home Fleet to provide cover
Convoy WS21S to Sicilian Narrows from
Passage from Gibraltar to Freetown with HM
Cruiser PHOEBE, HM Destroyers
for convoy defence.
ELIZABETH to USA with HMS PHOEBE, HM
VIMY, VANSITTART and
for convoy defence in southern Atlantic
and Indian Ocean.
with HMS PHOEBE to assist South African
Naval Force in establishing a patrol for
interception of blockade runners.
with HMS PHOEBE for convoy defence and
anti submarine patrols in South
Escorted damaged cruiser HMS PHOEBE to
Pointe Noire after torpedo
for support of allied landings in North
Africa (Operation TORCH)
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and Naval
Staff History for details
Took passage to
to join Force
Deployed to north of Algiers with HM
Battleship DUKE OF YORK, HM Battlecruiser
HMS VICTORIOUS, HMS FORMIDABLE, HM
Cruisers ARGONAUT and
to prevent any
surface interference during landings.
Joined 12th Cruiser Squadron and deployed
as Force Q for defence of convoy traffic
ports and interception of enemy convoys.
Q deployment in continuation..
In action with HM Cruisers ARGONAUT and
AURORA against convoy of troopships in
Escorting Italian destroyer FOLGARE and
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Deployed with HM Cruisers AURORA, ARGONAUT
and DIDO in Force Q for offensive
interception of enemy supply convoys.
Escorted HM Cruiser Minelayer ABDIEL to
Bone from Gibraltar prior to minelay in Skerki
Deployed with HM Cruiser DIDO to cover
air attacks on return passage HM Destroyer
QUENTIN was sunk)
deployment as Force Q in western and
central Mediterranean for offensive patrol
Operated with HMS DIDO in rotation with
HMS AURORA and HMS ARGONAUT
In action against German E-Boats off Bizerta
with HMS AURORA, H M Destroyers
and LOYAL during which HMS LIGHTNING was
Deployment in central Mediterranean in
During this period enemy forces were
defeated in North Africa).
for support of planned allied landings in
HUSKY - For details see
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Barnett and Naval
Stationed south of Sardinia with HM
Battleships KING GEORGE
V and HOWE and H M
DIDO screened by HM Destroyers JERVIS,
PANTHER, PATHFINDER, PENN,
PALADIN and PETARD.
These ships were acting as a Reserve
covering force in case of action by
involving the main covering force deployed
Detached with HMS DIDO
to carry out bombardment in support of
Sailed from Bone with
HMS DIDO and provided naval gunfire
support at Marsala,
west coast of Italy with HM Cruisers DIDO,
allied landings on mainland.
naval gunfire support for military
operations in Sicily.
Based in Malta.
Embarked troops of 1st British Airborne
Division at Bizerta
with HM Cruisers AURORA,
PENELOPE, DIDO and
ABDIEL for passage to Taranto.
Joined HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and
HOWE, HM Cruisers AURORA, PENELOPE,
DIDO, ABDIEL and USS
BOISE at Taranto.
During this operation to occupy Taranto
HMS ABDIEL was sunk in harbour
by a mine with
heavy loss of life).
Relieved HM Cruisers MAURITIUS and ORION
providing naval gunfire support during
AVALANCHE - See above references).
Damaged by near misses in air attacks but
Returned to Malta.
to Aegean for support of British
to occupy islands after Italian surrender.
Deployed in Aegean Spa with HM Cruisers
AURORA, PENELOPE and DIDO to intercept
German invasion craft.
details see WAR IN THE AEGEAN by P. Smith
and E. Walker)
In action against invasion convoy and
south of Levita
with HMS PENELOPE
Destroyers FAULKNOR and FURY
Chaser UJ2111 and all ships in convoy sunk
or set on fire
Returned to Alexandria with HMS FAULKNOR
and HMS FURY escorting
Under heavy air attack
during passage through Scarpanto
Deployed in Aegean with HM Destroyers
Reinforced HMS AURORA
and destroyers in support of military
Cos harbour with HMS AURORA. Under heavy and sustained air
by 250 Kg bomb on quarterdeck and further
4 near misses causing fires aft.
Major damage to
armament and radar aerials from
14 of ship's company were killed
and 30 wounded.
FIGHTING DESTROYER by G. Connell and WAR
IN THE AEGEAN).
and taken in hand for repair.
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Repair work completed.
for further service in Mediterranean.
Passage to Naples to join 15th Cruiser
Deployed in central Mediterranean for
military operations in Italy.
for support of allied landings in Normandy
and took passage to Clyde.
Arrived in Clyde
for service with
Home Fleet ships carried out bombardment
exercises in NW Approaches).
as Reserve Bombardment Ship for Eastern
Task Force with HMS RODNEY.
details of naval activities prior to and
during Operation NEPTUNE see book
of that name by
K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June
Passage to Channel
area before assault.
Operation delayed 24 hours.
Deployed in Channel
Sailed from Solent
with HMS RODNEY
for naval support gunfire during Build
Provided AA cover for
HM Cruiser FROBISHER during bombardment
released from NEPTUNE took passage to
resume duties in Mediterranean with
for support of allied landings in South of
France (Operation DRAGOON)
Operation DRAGOON was under overall US
at Naples in Reserve with French cruiser
Nominated for relief of HM Cruiser AURORA
and took passage to Toulon to join
Bombardment Group off
Joined bombarding force off Toulon as
relief foe HMS AURORA.
Took part in
bombardment of St Madrier
details see INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF
FRANCE (HMSO) ).
Released from US Command with HMS DIDO.
RN control by CinC
Mediterranean deployment with Squadron
Represented UK as Flagship during
of allied fleet at Toulon.
to British Aegean Force to support
military operations to reoccupy
Islands and Greek mainland
Landed troops on Diskopi.
with Squadron in eastern Mediterranean for
support of military.
Support deployment in continuation
Embarked naval personnel from Mitylene
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with Squadron to Malta in continuation of
Provided accommodation for Foreign
Secretary, Anthony Eden and the U S
Secretary of State
during discussions in Malta
prior to tine
conference at Yalta).
support duties based in Malta with
in Mediterranean after VE Day Fleet duties
Adriatic and Aegean.
Extensive training of ships for service in
Far East was carried out in the
until the end