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after embarking mines at
Laid Field GR in Straits of
Dover with the Auxiliary
Minelayers HMS HAMPTON and
(Note: U12 was sunk in this Field on
8th October 1939, U400 on13th October 1939 and U16
24th October 1939).
16th Withdrawn from this operation because of manoeuvring problems
Portsmouth for laying Deep Field off Flamborough Head to give
protection of convoys (Operation AD).
delay because of lack of escorts completed first lay.
lay of Operation AD.
Dummy mines off East coast when on passage to Rosyth.
to Humber for lay in
Bay but this was
cancelled because no escort ships
11th Transferred to Portsmouth prior to minelaying operation off Dutch coast.
Escorted on passage
by HM Destroyers BLANCHE and BASILISK.
magnetic mine near Tongue Light Vessel.
Sustained extensive damage and considerable
of ship's company killed or missing and 69 wounded.
HMS BASILISK took off survivors.
HMS BLANCHE was mined whilst standing
by and later sank in tow.
16th Under temporary repair at Chatham.
Plymouth for refit
off and taken in hand for refit at
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out post refit trials and prepared for service.
October Worked-up at
1st Minelaying Squadron at Kyle of Lochalah (Port ZA)
Deep Anti-Submarine minefield in NW Approaches with BM Auxiliary Minelayers
QUEBEC and MENESTHEUS
Detached on completion
for duty at Milford Haven.
15th Deployed in SW Approaches to reinforce existing A/S minefield.
to Laid Field ZME 1 - 3 in
St. George's Channel, unescorted.
25th Nominated for special duty in Bay of Biscay.
Anti-submarine Field GQ1 in undeclared area on Little Sole Bank, West of Lorient.
Destroyer escort provided.
to Milford Haven and progressed ZME Field pending suitable weather in
Bay of Biscay for continuation of Field GQ2.
Fields ZMS 4 - 9 in
St George's Channel.
29th Returned to complete work in Bay of Biscay.
Field GQ2 on Little Sole Bank with destroyer escort.
Returned to Milford
Haven on completion to continue 2MS work.
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Fields ZME 10 -14 in
St. George's Channel.
14th Diverted for duty as AA Guardship at
During passage activated Ground Mine
Bay and extensively damaged.
Taken in hand for examination
and repair at
during air raid when ship alongside (HMS MAPLIN) was hit.
work in continuation.
July On completion detached from Squadron for duty
with Home Fleet for Operation EF.
Embarked mines and other stores for passage
Took passage with Home Fleet ships providing
cover for air attacks on Tromso and
30th Detached to complete passage, escorted by HM Destroyer ANTHONY.
passage to Kyle of Lochalsh without escort.
Speed limited by defects.
11th Rejoined Squadron.
Field SN70A in Northern Barrage, East of
Iceland with HMS SOUTHERN PRINCE
(Note: HMS SOUTHERN PRINCE was torpedoed
on return passage).
30th Withdrawn for service for examination of turbine machinery.
September Distortion of turbines confirmed.
Taken in hand for repair in
October Under repair
December Carried out post refit trials and prepared for service.
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ML1 at Kyle of Lochalsh for minelaying duty.
Field SN15A in East Coast Mine Barrier with Auxiliary Minelayers SOUTHERN
PRINCE, MENESTHEUS and
16th Lay of
Field SN15B in continuation with same ships.
Field SN17 in East Coast Barrier with HM Auxiliary Minelayers SOUTHERN
PRINCE, HMS PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS and HMS AGAMEMNON.
to embark British Trade Mission for passage to Murmansk.
On departure from Clyde damaged in collision with HM Landing Ship TASAJERA.
Sustained serious structural damage and consequential flooding.
Withdrawn from duty
13th Under emergency repair in Clyde shipyard.
March Passage to
Southampton for permanent repair
Under repair at Southampton.
(Note: ASDIC Type 128 for mine detection
April Under repair
Squadron on completion.
Field SN3A in Northern Barrage off Faeroes Bank with other ML1 ships.
(Note: US Navy officers embarked for this
15th Laid Fields SN16D, E and F in East Coast Barrier without escort.
Field SN72 in
Denmark Strait for Northern Barrage with HMS SOUTHERN
AGAMEMNON, HMS MENESTHEUS and
PORT QUEBEC escorted
by three destroyers
from 1st Minelaying Squadron.
Ocean escort was provided by HM Cruiser
MANCHESTER and an escort with Distant
Cover by ships of Home Fleet off
Field SN3B in Northern Barrage off Faeroes Bank with other Squadron ships.
Field SN16F in East Coast Barrier, unescorted.
21st Detached for duty with Home Fleet.
Formed part of Decoy convoy as a diversion
to protect Russian convoy PQ17.
for Operation ES.
minelaying duties with Squadron.
Field SN3C in Northern Barrage off Faeroes Bank with other Squadron snips.
Field SN82 in Northern Barrage with other Squadron ships escorted by four
Field SN16G in East Coast Mine Barrier, unescorted.
Field SN73 in
Denmark Strait for Northern Barrage with other Squadron ships
escorted by HM
Ocean Escort was provided by HM Cruiser
AURORA and three Home Fleet destroyers.
Field SN89 in Northern Barrage with other Squadron ships.
Field SN65A In Northern Barrage, south of Faeroes with
other Squadron' ships,
Field SN3E in Northern Barrage after weather hold-up.
October Deployed with Squadron at Kyle of Lochalsh.
Field SN3F in Northern Barrage.
East Coast Mine Barrier by lay of Field SN17A.
Detached for duty in
support of Mediterranean operations.
2000 aircraft depth charges and mines at
20th Passage to
to Milford Haven for minelay duties in SW Approaches.
from minelaying duty for further
12th Passage to
Gibraltar with RAF personnel and stores.
in hand for docking at
Plymouth to repair weather damage..
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to rejoin Squadron.
at Milford Haven for minelaying duty in SW Approaches.
Deep A/S Field HS1 at the western end of existing minefield in
On completion detached for further support
of Mediterranean operations.
Embarked mines and other
associated stores for minelaying use in Mediterranean.
21st Took passage with stores for Gibraltar and Oran.
mines to HM Cruiser Minelayer ABDIEL at
Returned to Milford Haven.
19th Sailed with cargo of mines in company with HMS ABDIEL for Oran.
28th Remained at Algiers to re-stock ABDIEL after minelay.
14th Passage to Milford Haven for further mine delivery.
. 23rd Passage
Gibraltar during return passage to UK.
10th Diverted to intercepted German Blockade Runner IRENE on passage
Sighted enemy vessel and fired two rounds.
Ship scuttled in position 375 miles West of Vigo.
Rescued 157 survivors
including 101 naval personnel.
12th Arrived at Milford Haven with machinery defects.
15th Under repair.
Diesel Engine removed.
deliver of mines for storage at Mers el Kebir.
Coastal Forces stores in
UK for use in
June Completed deliveries in
Return passage to
July Nominated use as Depot and Repair Ship during
in hand for repair at Devonport.
26th Passage to Milford Haven on completion.
in collision with HM Trawler LUNDY and sustained structural damage.
temporary repair at Milford Haven.
machinery defects required dockyard attention.
14th Taken in hand for repair to machinery at Devonport.
October Under repair.
completion of trials resumed operational duty.
conversion to suit future use arranged in
in hand for conversion to Landing Ship (Engineering),
(Note: AA armament to be increased.)
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January Shipyard work in continuation.
to Nominated for duty in support of
Normandy landings (Operation
March Carried out post refit trials.
31st On completion
Portland as an Accommodation Ship.
April Transferred to
for duty with Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force.
(For details of naval activities before
and after the
Normandy landings in LANDINGS
NORMANDY, JUNE 1944 (HMSO)
NEPTUNE by Kenneth
Allocated to Force G
as for support of ships requiring repair.
June Deployed in MULBERRY B off Arromanches
for support and repair duties.
parties landed for extensive salvage work on landing craft which had been
NEPTUNE duty in continuation
August Deployed with Home Fleet on release from
September Home Fleet support in continuation
October Passage to
Portsmouth and paid off
into Care and Maintenance.
November In Reserve under Care and Maintenance.
with reduced complement.
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January Deployed for repair duties in Portsmouth Command.
14th Deployed with British naval units at Wilhelmshaven.
June Deployed at
Portsmouth pending review
of future role.
25th Paid off into Reserve and de-equipped ready for laying-up.
August Placed in Reserve at