14th Commissioned for
22nd Build completion
and commenced Acceptance Trials.
Officer: Captain R G Kinaham, CBE, RN)
On measured mile during trials achieved speed of 27.62 knots).
Took passage to Scapa Flow for completion of trials and for gunnery firings.
28th Flag Officer Second-in Command, Home
Fleet joined ship.
July to August Worked-up
for operational service at Scapa Flow with ships of Home Fleet. to
September Ready for
operational service with Home Fleet.
2nd Took passage from Scapa Flow to Hvalfjord.
4th Arrived at Hvalfjord.
9th Took passage to Akureyri.
11th Deployed with HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK and HM Cruiser
by HM Destroyers MONTROSE, BRAMHAM, KEPPEL and MACKAY to
Distant Cover for passage of Russian Convoy PQ18 and return Convoy
details of all Russian convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A
Ruegg, CONVOY! by P Kemp, ARCTIC
CONVOY by R Woodman and THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B Schofield.)
14th Returned to Akureyri
with HMS DUKE OF YORK.
Passage to Scapa Flow.
October Deployed at Scapa Flow
9th Present at Scapa Flow during visit by
Prime Minister and Sir Stafford Cripps to
Passage to Iceland for interception of commerce raiders.
Fleet deployment in continuation in Iceland area and at Scapa Flow.
22nd Sailed from Akureyri to provide Distant Cover for
passage of Russian Convoy JW51B with
Cruiser CUMBERLAND, HM Destroyers BLANKNEY, FORESTER,
CHIDDINGFOLD, ICARUS and IMPULSIVE.
31st Convoy JW 51B was attacked in Barents Sea by
the German Panzerschiff (Pocket Battleship)
KMS LÜTZOW, the heavy cruiser KMS HIPPER
and 6 destroyers but the covering force was
patrolling 1000 miles to the west,
north east of Jan Mayen Island and was unable to intervene.
1 9 4 3
to Scapa Flow from patrol area.
3rd Resumed Fleet duties
at Scapa Flow.
23rd Deployed with HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD, HM Destroyers ECHO, ECLIPSE,
INGLEFIELD, MONTROSE, QUEENBOROUGH, RAIDER and
destroyer ORP ORKAN to provide Distant Cover for passage of
Convoy JW52 and return Convoy RA52
27th Remained in Arctic after arrival of JW52 at
30th Provided Distant Cover for RA52 with HMS
SHEFFIELD screened by HM
INGLEFIELD, OBEDIENT, ORIBI and ORP ORKAN,
2nd Took passage to
return to Scapa
Flow on completion
of covering duties.
March to May Deployed
for interception of commerce raiders with Home Fleet ships at
Scapa Flow and in Iceland
at Scapa Flow.
9th Provided cover for relief of Anglo-
Norwegian garrison at Spitzbergen with
DUKE OF YORK, US battleships USS SOUTH DAKOTA and ALABAMA
screened by five US Navy destroyers (Operation GEARBOX).
These US Navy warships had been transferred for loan service with
to reinforce Home Fleet after HM Battleships KING GEORGE V
were detached for service in Mediterranean for planned allied
landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
13th On release from GEARBOX took passage to Scapa Flow with covering
28th Vice Admiral Bruce Fraser left ship on
promotion to Admiral and relieved by
Admiral Sir Henry Moore as VA2 (Second in Command) Home Fleet
July Home Fleet deployment at
Scapa Flow in continuation.
27th Deployed with HM Aircraft Carriers
ILLUSTRIOUS and UNICORN for
repeat diversion operation to simulate possible allied
landing in south
a diversion during HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily.
Ships involved included HMS DUKE OF YORK and seven cruisers
screened by RN and USN destroyers (Operation GOVERNOR).
earlier Operation CAMERA was carried out on 7th July.)
1st (Note: US ships were withdrawn from
passage for refit and routine docking,
HM King George VI visited Home Fleet ships at Scapa Flow on 11th
August. Presence of ship is to be confirmed)
Home Fleet duties at Scapa Flow.
8th Deployed with HMS DUKE OF YORK and screen of five Home Fleet
destroyers to intercept German battleships TIRPITZ and
which had carried out bombardment of Spitzbergen.
9th Returned to Scapa Flow after German warships
reported as returned to
Fleet deployment in continuation.
4th Part of Home Fleet cover with HMS DUKE
OF YORK, US cruisers
RN cruisers and screen of RN and USN destroyers
during air strikes by US aircraft
carrier USS RANGER on shipping at Bodo
on coast of Norway
6th Returned to Scapa Flow with Home Fleet ships.
14th Deployed with HM Destroyers HAIDA (RCN), IROQUOIS (RCN), HARDY,
and VIGILANT to land relief stores for allied garrison at
(Operation GEARBOX III/FQ.)
2nd Provided Distant Cover for return
Convoy RA54 from Kola Inlet with HM
Carrier FORMIDABLE, HM Cruisers JAMAICA screened by HM
ONSLOW, VENUS, HAIDA (RCN), Norwegian STORD, US
destroyers USS CAPPS and USS HOBSON.
19th Deployed with USS TUSCALOOSA and
screened by US Navy destroyers
CORRY, USS FITCH, USS FORREST and USS HOBSON to provide
Distant Cover for passage of Russian Convoy JW54A to Kola Inlet.
28th Provided Distant Cover for passage of
Russian Convoy JW54B during
passage to Kola Inlet and return Convoy RA54B with HM
screened by HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
MATCHLESS, MUSKETEER and
29th HMS MATCHLESS detached with weather
from RA54B and returned to Scapa Flow.
Extreme weather conditions were experience during the cover of
and destroyers were temporarily detached.)
Deployed at Scapa Flow for Home Fleet duties.
1 9 4 4
Fleet service based at Scapa Flow in continuation.
24th Deployed with Free French battleship RICHELIEU and two Home Fleet
to provide cover for HMS FURIOUS during series air strikes
on Norwegian coast
Fleet deployment at Scapa Flow in continuation.
30th Sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS DUKE OF YORK, HM Aircraft
and FURIOUS, HM Cruisers BELFAST, ROYALIST, SHEFFIELD and
JAMAICA, HM Escort Aircraft Carriers EMPEROR, FENCER. PURSUER and
screened by HM Destroyers MILNE, URSA, ONSLAUGHT, VERULAM,
UNDAUNTED, VIGILANT, VIRAGO, SWIFT, JAVELIN, WAKEFUL,
(RCN), SIOUX (RCN) and Polish ORP PIORUN to provide Distant
for passage of Russian Convoy JW58 to Kola Inlet and for air attacks on
battleship TIRPITZ at Altenfjord (Operation TUNGSTEN)
2nd HMS DUKE OF YORK and two destroyers
detached to provide Distant Cover for
3rd Provided cover
during strikes by aircraft from carriers. (For details see CONVOY!
by P Kemp)
4th Second series of strikes abandoned and
took return passage to Scapa Flow.
6th Arrived at Scapa Flow with Fleet units.
21st Sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS VICTORIOUS,
HMS FURIOUS, HMS
HMS STRIKER, HMS EMPEROR and PURSUER, Home Fleet cruisers
and destroyer screen to provide cover during further series
of air strikes on
HMS DUKE OF YORK did not take part.)
25th Air operations postponed because of
26th TIRPITZ attacks cancelled in view of
weather and carried out on secondary
target of shipping near Bodo.
May Scapa Flow deployment in continuation.
12th Deployed to provide cover for air
strikes by HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS
FURIOUS on TIRPIRTZ with Home Fleet cruisers and destroyer screen.
This operation was cancelled and ships returned to Scapa Flow.
for refit at Devonport to prepare for service in British Pacific Fleet.
Took passage to Devonport to Pay-off.
and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard.
During the nine month refit extensive changes were made to the radar
equipment and to improve close range AA defence
prior to service in the
Pacific. Radar changes included:
Aircraft warning Type 281 replaced by single mast 281B.
warning Type 273 replaced by Type 293 and Type 277.
Close Range AA
fire-control replaced by four Type 262 and single
4 AA Fire-control Type 285 replaced by Type 274. Barrage
Control Type 283
fitted for all four mountings.
Main Armament Fire Control Type 284 replaced by two Type 274
separate facilities for forward and after turrets.
aircraft facilities were removed to provide additional accommodation
and improved boat stowages.
July to December
1 9 4 5
January to February
for service with British Pacific Fleet.
Officer Captain A C G Madden.
Post refit trials.
completion of sea trials took passage to Scapa
Flow to work-up with
ships of Home Fleet for operational service in Pacific.
Trials including gunnery firings and weapon calibrations whilst
working up at Scapa
Trials of newly developed surface warning radar Type 277P were carried out.)
25th Took passage to Mediterranean with HMS DUKE OF YORK.
2nd Arrived at Malta.
HMS DUKE OF YORK remained in Malta for repair of major
Took independent passage to Ceylon via Suez Canal.
in Sydney, escorted by HM destroyers WAGER and WHELP, after British Pacific
Fleet had sailed to join US 3rd Fleet as Task Force 37 to take part in operations off Japan
Further research is required for these months.)
Nominated for duty at Hong Kong as part of re-occupation Task Force.
Took passage from Sydney.
20th Joined HM Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier
VENGEANCE and ships of Task
111 during passage to Hong Kong.
26th Arrived in Hong Kong and landed parties to
assist in re-occupation and
repatriation of military and civil personnel taken prisoner
when Colony fell to Japanese forces.