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HMS Acasta History August 13th - Laid down. August 8th - Launched. February Contractors trials 11th - Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials. 14th - Commissioned for service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet. March On completion of Acceptance Trials and work-up prepared for foreign service. April      Passage to Mediterranean to join Flotilla in Malta. May to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and took part in Fleet visits programme. January to February Flotilla duties based in Malta. March to April Took part in joint Home and Mediterranean Fleet exercises at Gibraltar. May to September Resumed Flotilla duties in Malta and took part in Fleet Exercise and visits programme. October to December Flotilla duties based in Malta. January to July Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and Fleet visits programme. August                  Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. 30th - Paid-off and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. September Under refit. October Post refit Harbour Trials and commissioned for service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet. November On completion of trials and work-up prepared for foreign service. December Resumed Flotilla duties in Malta. January to October Deployed with Flotilla and took part in joint exercises with Home Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet exercise and visits Programme including Fleet Regatta. November Passage to Gibraltar 24th - Commenced Routine docking and maintenance by HM Dockyard, Gibraltar. December 20th - Resumed Flotilla duties on completion. January to May Flotilla duties based in Malta in continuation. Took part in Spring Fleet Programme and exercises with Home Fleet. June 12th - Damaged in collision with HM Destroyer CODRINGTON during exercises off Malta. (Note: HMS CODRINGTON was Leader of 3rd Destroyer Flotilla). 25th - Under repair by HM Dockyard Malta. July 27th - On completion of repair and sea trials resumed Flotilla duties. August to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and visits. January to March Flotilla duties including Spring Fleet visits and joint exercises with Home Fleet at Gibraltar. April                       Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. 29th - Paid off and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. May to June Under refit July to August HMS Acasta was re-commissioned on 23 July 1935 at Devonport for service in the Mediterranean with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (3 DF), Mediterranean Fleet ; Lt Cdr Dowler assumed Command vice Woodall.  Before the re-commissioning day, Acasta had undergone sea trials, made a six day visit to Swanage and was then at Spithead for the Jubilee Fleet Review by King George V on 16 and 17 July 1935. 3 DF arrived at Gibraltar on 3 August 1935 for a three week work-up period (Achates and Acheron remained in the UK).  The Italo- Abyssian crisis in the eastern Med meant that the 3 DF was dispatched to Malta on 26 August 1935 where over 48 hours the ships embarked their war stores and then proceeded to Alexandria and the eastern Med where the flotilla remained until 18 July 1936.  However, during this period the flotilla was scattered between Haifa, Alexandria and the Suez ports.  Acasta split her time between Haifa and Alexandria and took part in flotilla and fleet manoevures from both bases.  September to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and visits. January to May Flotilla duties in continuation including Fleet exercises and visits. June to December Flotilla duties in continuation including Non-intervention Patrol and Humanitarian aid to refugees after outbreak of civil war in Spain. January to April Deployed with Flotilla for patrol and civil aid in western Mediterranean. Nominated for Long Refit in UK. May Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. June  1st - Paid-off and taken in hand for Long Refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. July to December Under refit (Note: Fitted with Anti-Submarine detection equipment (ASDIC/Sonar). January to March Under refit. Nominated for service in 7th Destroyer Flotilla in Home waters. April Harbour trials and prepared for service. 11th - Refit completion and commissioned for service. 15th - Post refit sea trials and shakedown. May On completion of work-up commenced duties with Flotilla. June  to October Deployed in Home waters for exercises and visits (Note: Some of this period was spent in SW Approaches). October Deployment for Non-Intervention and interception of shipping on passage to or from Spanish port to be confirmed. November  3rd - Under repair and refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. December Repair and refit in continuation. January                  Nominated for duty as Emergency Destroyer at Plymouth on completion. 17th - Resumed operational service at Plymouth. February                Deployed at Plymouth for training and Emergency Destroyer duty/Nominated for special duty at Barrow. (Note: HM Destroyers CODRINGTON, ACHATES and ARDENT of this Class and previously in 3rd Flotilla with an older destroyer HMS BROKE were also deployed at Plymouth for Local duties). March 2nd - Assisted Vickers-Armstrong Ltd during Trials of Argentinean cruiser LA ARGENTINA which commenced sea trials in January. (Note: This assistance is recorded as being associated with underwater detection equipment and it may be assumed that this RN destroyer acted as consort during sea trials). 13th - Returned to duties at Plymouth. April to July Deployment at Plymouth in continuation. August                  Took up allocated War Station allocated with 18th Destroyer Flotilla for convoy defence in Channel based at Plymouth. Prepared for war service. (Note: Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches Command was established as part of mobilisation and was based at Plymouth). Details of War Service September Deployed in Channel for convoy defence and anti-submarine patrol. Part of escort for HM Battleship RENOWN during passage to Clyde from Portsmouth to rejoin Fleet after modernisation at Portsmouth. October to November Channel and SW Approaches deployment in continuation. December              Nominated for transfer to Liverpool (Note: Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches moved from Plymouth to Liverpool). 20th - Under refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. (Note: This may have been part of preparations for Atlantic deployment). January 5th - Took passage to Liverpool on completion of sea trials. After briefing in latest requirements of C-in-C commenced deployment for Atlantic convoy defence. 31st - Deployed with escort for HM Cruiser AJAX during passage into Plymouth on return from GRAF SPEE action in Battle of River Plate. February to March Atlantic escort duties in continuation. April 10th - Nominated for transfer to Home Fleet in 1st Destroyer Flotilla. Took passage to Scapa Flow to join Home Fleet. 13th - Deployed with HM Destroyers CODRINGTON and ARDENT as screen for HM Battleship VALIANT and HM Cruiser VINDICTIVE providing cover for passage of military convoy NP1 in NW Approaches. (Note: For details see The Naval Staff History, Naval Operations off Norway 1940, NARVIK by D Macintyre and THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by J Adams). Convoy identified as NP1 was taking troops for landings in Narvik (Operation RUPERT/R4). 15th - On release from NP1 deployed for convoy escort and support of military operations in Norway. May                        Norwegian deployment in continuation. 10th - Part of escort for damaged HM Cruiser PENELOPE during initial stage of passage from Skelfjord to UK for repair after hitting submerged rock. (Note: Escort for HMS PENELOPE for North Sea passage included HM Cruisers COVENTRY and CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers CAMPBELL, ISIS, WITCH and ZULU). 31st - Deployed with HM Destroyers HIGHLANDER, DIANA, ARDENT and ACHERON as escort for HM Aircraft Carriers ARK ROYAL and GLORIOUS during passage from Clyde to provide air cover during evacuation of troops from Norway (Operation ALPHABET). June 2nd - Detached from escort to refuel at Harstad. On completion took passage to join HMS GLORIOUS as escort. 8th - Remained as escort for HMS GLORIOUS with HMS ARDENT when cover operation ended and took passage to UK. Under fire from German battleships SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU. Laid protective smoke screen to protect British units and engaged enemy ships whilst making a torpedo attack. Four torpedoes fired, one of which hit SCHARNHORST abreast the after 11in Turret, causing flooding and the disabling of her armament. During heavy return fire from secondary armament sustained several hits including one in Engine Room. Sank in position 68.45N 04.30E with only one survivor, Leading Seaman, Cyril G Carter who later described his experiences in his book The Man Who Hit The Scharnhorst.  Convoy Escort Movements of HMS Acasta
Date convoy  sailed Joined convoy as  escort Convoy  Number Left convoy Date convoy  arrived 07/09/1939 07/09/1939 OA 001 09/09/1939 Unknown 13/09/1939 13/09/1939 OA 004 16/09/1939 Unknown 19/09/1939 19/09/1939 OA 007 22/09/1939 22/09/1939 25/09/1939 25/09/1939 OA 010 28/09/1939 28/09/1939 07/10/1939 09/10/1939 OA 017 11/10/1939 11/10/1939 13/10/1939 20/10/1939 HG 003 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 OA 023 23/10/1939 26/10/1939 31/10/1939 31/10/1939 OA 028G 02/11/1939 03/11/1939 03/11/1939 03/11/1939 OG 005 07/11/1939 09/11/1939 14/11/1939 15/11/1939 OA 035 19/11/1939 19/11/1939 08/11/1939 19/11/1939 HXF 008 21/11/1939 21/11/1939 16/11/1939 02/12/1939 SL 009 02/12/1939 02/12/1939 06/12/1939 06/12/1939 OA 048 08/12/1939 09/12/1939 18/12/1939 18/12/1939 OA 055G 21/12/1939 21/12/1939 27/12/1939 04/01/1940 SL 014F 08/01/1940 11/01/1940 12/01/1940 12/01/1940 OA 071 14/01/1940 16/01/1940 21/01/1940 22/01/1940 OA 077 24/01/1940 24/01/1940 18/02/1940 19/02/1940 OA 094 20/02/1940 21/02/1940 12/02/1940 22/02/1940 HXF 020 25/02/1940 25/02/1940 12/03/1940 12/03/1940 HG 022 19/03/1940 22/03/1940 13/03/1940 14/03/1940 OA 109 16/03/1940 16/03/1940 25/03/1940 06/04/1940 HX 030 09/04/1940 09/04/1940 11/04/1940 13/04/1940 NP 001 15/04/1940 15/04/1940 12/05/1940 20/05/1940 TC 004 21/05/1940 21/05/1940
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HMS Acasta History August 13th - Laid down. August 8th - Launched. February Contractors trials 11th - Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials. 14th - Commissioned for service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet. March On completion of Acceptance Trials and work-up prepared for foreign service. April      Passage to Mediterranean to join Flotilla in Malta. May to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and took part in Fleet visits programme. January to February Flotilla duties based in Malta. March to April Took part in joint Home and Mediterranean Fleet exercises at Gibraltar. May to September Resumed Flotilla duties in Malta and took part in Fleet Exercise and visits programme. October to December Flotilla duties based in Malta. January to July Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and Fleet visits programme. August                  Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. 30th - Paid-off and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. September Under refit. October Post refit Harbour Trials and commissioned for service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Fleet. November On completion of trials and work-up prepared for foreign service. December Resumed Flotilla duties in Malta. January to October Deployed with Flotilla and took part in joint exercises with Home Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet exercise and visits Programme including Fleet Regatta. November Passage to Gibraltar 24th - Commenced Routine docking and maintenance by HM Dockyard, Gibraltar. December 20th - Resumed Flotilla duties on completion. January to May Flotilla duties based in Malta in continuation. Took part in Spring Fleet Programme and exercises with Home Fleet. June 12th - Damaged in collision with HM Destroyer CODRINGTON during exercises off Malta. (Note: HMS CODRINGTON was Leader of 3rd Destroyer Flotilla). 25th - Under repair by HM Dockyard Malta. July 27th - On completion of repair and sea trials resumed Flotilla duties. August to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and visits. January to March Flotilla duties including Spring Fleet visits and joint exercises with Home Fleet at Gibraltar. April                       Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. 29th - Paid off and taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. May to June Under refit July to August HMS Acasta was re-commissioned on 23 July 1935 at Devonport for service in the Mediterranean with the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (3 DF), Mediterranean Fleet ; Lt Cdr Dowler assumed Command vice Woodall.  Before the re-commissioning day, Acasta had undergone sea trials, made a six day visit to Swanage and was then at Spithead for the Jubilee Fleet Review by King George V on 16 and 17 July 1935. 3 DF arrived at Gibraltar on 3 August 1935 for a three week work-up period (Achates and Acheron remained in the UK).  The Italo-Abyssian crisis in the eastern Med meant that the 3 DF was dispatched to Malta on 26 August 1935 where over 48 hours the ships embarked their war stores and then proceeded to Alexandria and the eastern Med where the flotilla remained until 18 July 1936.  However, during this period the flotilla was scattered between Haifa, Alexandria and the Suez ports.  Acasta split her time between Haifa and Alexandria and took part in flotilla and fleet manoevures from both bases.  September to December Deployed with Flotilla for exercises and visits. January to May Flotilla duties in continuation including Fleet exercises and visits. June to December Flotilla duties in continuation including Non-intervention Patrol and Humanitarian aid to refugees after outbreak of civil war in Spain. January to April Deployed with Flotilla for patrol and civil aid in western Mediterranean. Nominated for Long Refit in UK. May Passage to UK to Pay-off and refit. June  1st - Paid-off and taken in hand for Long Refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. July to December Under refit (Note: Fitted with Anti-Submarine detection equipment (ASDIC/Sonar). January to March Under refit. Nominated for service in 7th Destroyer Flotilla in Home waters. April Harbour trials and prepared for service. 11th - Refit completion and commissioned for service. 15th - Post refit sea trials and shakedown. May On completion of work-up commenced duties with Flotilla. June  to October Deployed in Home waters for exercises and visits (Note: Some of this period was spent in SW Approaches). October Deployment for Non-Intervention and interception of shipping on passage to or from Spanish port to be confirmed. November  3rd - Under repair and refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. December Repair and refit in continuation. January                  Nominated for duty as Emergency Destroyer at Plymouth on completion. 17th - Resumed operational service at Plymouth. February                Deployed at Plymouth for training and Emergency Destroyer duty/Nominated for special duty at Barrow. (Note: HM Destroyers CODRINGTON, ACHATES and ARDENT of this Class and previously in 3rd Flotilla with an older destroyer HMS BROKE were also deployed at Plymouth for Local duties). March 2nd - Assisted Vickers-Armstrong Ltd during Trials of Argentinean cruiser LA ARGENTINA which commenced sea trials in January. (Note: This assistance is recorded as being associated with underwater detection equipment and it may be assumed that this RN destroyer acted as consort during sea trials). 13th - Returned to duties at Plymouth. April to July Deployment at Plymouth in continuation. August                  Took up allocated War Station allocated with 18th Destroyer Flotilla for convoy defence in Channel based at Plymouth. Prepared for war service. (Note: Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches Command was established as part of mobilisation and was based at Plymouth). Details of War Service September Deployed in Channel for convoy defence and anti-submarine patrol. Part of escort for HM Battleship RENOWN during passage to Clyde from Portsmouth to rejoin Fleet after modernisation at Portsmouth. October to November Channel and SW Approaches deployment in continuation. December              Nominated for transfer to Liverpool (Note: Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches moved from Plymouth to Liverpool). 20th - Under refit by HM Dockyard, Devonport. (Note: This may have been part of preparations for Atlantic deployment). January 5th - Took passage to Liverpool on completion of sea trials. After briefing in latest requirements of C-in-C commenced deployment for Atlantic convoy defence. 31st - Deployed with escort for HM Cruiser AJAX during passage into Plymouth on return from GRAF SPEE action in Battle of River Plate. February to March Atlantic escort duties in continuation. April 10th - Nominated for transfer to Home Fleet in 1st Destroyer Flotilla. Took passage to Scapa Flow to join Home Fleet. 13th - Deployed with HM Destroyers CODRINGTON and ARDENT as screen for HM Battleship VALIANT and HM Cruiser VINDICTIVE providing cover for passage of military convoy NP1 in NW Approaches. (Note: For details see The Naval Staff History, Naval Operations off Norway 1940, NARVIK by D Macintyre and THE DOOMED EXPEDITION by J Adams). Convoy identified as NP1 was taking troops for landings in Narvik (Operation RUPERT/R4). 15th - On release from NP1 deployed for convoy escort and support of military operations in Norway. May                        Norwegian deployment in continuation. 10th - Part of escort for damaged HM Cruiser PENELOPE during initial stage of passage from Skelfjord to UK for repair after hitting submerged rock. (Note: Escort for HMS PENELOPE for North Sea passage included HM Cruisers COVENTRY and CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers CAMPBELL, ISIS, WITCH and ZULU). 31st - Deployed with HM Destroyers HIGHLANDER, DIANA, ARDENT and ACHERON as escort for HM Aircraft Carriers ARK ROYAL and GLORIOUS during passage from Clyde to provide air cover during evacuation of troops from Norway (Operation ALPHABET). June 2nd - Detached from escort to refuel at Harstad. On completion took passage to join HMS GLORIOUS as escort. 8th - Remained as escort for HMS GLORIOUS with HMS ARDENT when cover operation ended and took passage to UK. Under fire from German battleships SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU. Laid protective smoke screen to protect British units and engaged enemy ships whilst making a torpedo attack. Four torpedoes fired, one of which hit SCHARNHORST abreast the after 11in Turret, causing flooding and the disabling of her armament. During heavy return fire from secondary armament sustained several hits including one in Engine Room. Sank in position 68.45N 04.30E with only one survivor, Leading Seaman, Cyril G Carter who later described his experiences in his book The Man Who Hit The Scharnhorst.  Convoy Escort Movements of HMS Acasta
Date convoy  sailed Joined convoy as  escort Convoy  Number Left convoy Date convoy  arrived 07/09/1939 07/09/1939 OA 001 09/09/1939 Unknown 13/09/1939 13/09/1939 OA 004 16/09/1939 Unknown 19/09/1939 19/09/1939 OA 007 22/09/1939 22/09/1939 25/09/1939 25/09/1939 OA 010 28/09/1939 28/09/1939 07/10/1939 09/10/1939 OA 017 11/10/1939 11/10/1939 13/10/1939 20/10/1939 HG 003 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 21/10/1939 OA 023 23/10/1939 26/10/1939 31/10/1939 31/10/1939 OA 028G 02/11/1939 03/11/1939 03/11/1939 03/11/1939 OG 005 07/11/1939 09/11/1939 14/11/1939 15/11/1939 OA 035 19/11/1939 19/11/1939 08/11/1939 19/11/1939 HXF 008 21/11/1939 21/11/1939 16/11/1939 02/12/1939 SL 009 02/12/1939 02/12/1939 06/12/1939 06/12/1939 OA 048 08/12/1939 09/12/1939 18/12/1939 18/12/1939 OA 055G 21/12/1939 21/12/1939 27/12/1939 04/01/1940 SL 014F 08/01/1940 11/01/1940 12/01/1940 12/01/1940 OA 071 14/01/1940 16/01/1940 21/01/1940 22/01/1940 OA 077 24/01/1940 24/01/1940 18/02/1940 19/02/1940 OA 094 20/02/1940 21/02/1940 12/02/1940 22/02/1940 HXF 020 25/02/1940 25/02/1940 12/03/1940 12/03/1940 HG 022 19/03/1940 22/03/1940 13/03/1940 14/03/1940 OA 109 16/03/1940 16/03/1940 25/03/1940 06/04/1940 HX 030 09/04/1940 09/04/1940 11/04/1940 13/04/1940 NP 001 15/04/1940 15/04/1940 12/05/1940 20/05/1940 TC 004 21/05/1940 21/05/1940
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