A Timeline of HMS and HMNZS Gambia

Here are the major events in the career of HMS and HMNZS Gambia

A timeline of HMS and HMNZS Gambia
March 1, 1939 HMS Gambia ordered to be built
July 24, 1939 Construction started at Swan Hunter's Yard at Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne
November 30, 1940 HMS Gambia launched
November 25, 1941 Captain Maurice James Mansergh becomes commander of HMS Gambia
February 2, 1942 Start of builder's trials in the Tyne area
February 21, 1942 HMS Gambia commissioned into service
February 28, 1942 End of builder's trials
March 2, 1942 Arrived at Scapa Flow from Rosyth to work-up for Eastern Fleet. Attached to Cruiser Squadron 18, Home Fleet
March 1942 Adopted by the city of Huddersfield
April 1, 1942 Exercises with HMS Frobisher and Edinburgh
April 2, 1942 Met with American Fleet
April 3, 1942 Left with HMS Frobisher for Greenock
April 4, 1942 Arrived Greenock
April 14, 1942 Departed Scapa Flow
April 15, 1942 Left the Clyde with HMS Frobisher escorting the depot ship HMS Hecla and convoy WS18 to the East Indies
April 24, 1942 Refuelled destroyer. Crossed equator
April 29, 1942 Arrived Freetown
May 3, 1942 Left Freetown
May 4, 1942 Refuelled destroyer
May 14, 1942 Convoy splits, half go to Cape Town, the rest with Gambia head for Durban
May 15, 1942 Hecla hits a mine, escorted by Gambia to Simonstown
May 16, 1942 Arrived Simonstown
May 23, 1942 Arrived Mombassa
May 26, 1942 Under command of 4th Cruiser Squadron
May 29, 1942 At sea on exercise
June 5, 1942 Arrived Colombo
June 12, 1942 Departed Colombo
June 16, 1942 Arrived Abdul Atoll islands
June 17, 1942 At sea on exercise
June 18, 1942 Arrived Colombo
June 23, 1942 Departed Colombo for execise
June 28, 1942 Arrived Colombo
July 13, 1942 Departed Colombo with convoy of 11 ships carrying Australian troops from Ceylon to Australia
July 19, 1942 Left convoy to return to other duties
July 22, 1942 Arrived Mauritius, oiled and departed
July 23, 1942 Arrived Durban
July 26, 1942 Departed Druban with troop convoy
July 31, 1942 Arrived Mauritius, oiled and departed
August 10, 1942 Arrived Rodriguez
August 11, 1942 Arrived Mauritius
August 14, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez, Madagascar, picked up troops and departed
August 16, 1942 Arrived Mombassa for exercises
September 4, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez
September 7 ,1942 Departed Diego Suarez with convoy of troops
September 10, 1942 Task force attacks Maujunga which is being used as a submarine base
September 12, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez
September 13, 1942 Departed Diego Suarez to join a task force to attack Tamatave, the capital of Madagascar
September 18, 1942 Attack on Tamatave
September 19, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez
September 28, 1942 Exercise at sea
September 29, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez
October 5, 1942 Departed Diego Suarez with HMS Birmingham
October 6, 1942 Arrived Kilindinig
October 11, 1942 Departed Kilindinig for exercise
October 14, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez
October 22, 1942 Departed Diego Suarez
October 24, 1942 Arrived Kilindinig, oiled and departed
October 30, 1942 Arrived Bombay
November 1942 Refit and weapons upgrade
November 13, 1942 Departed Bombay
November 16, 1942 Arrived Colombo
November 19, 1942 Exercise at sea
November 24, 1942 Departed Colombo for convoy duty
December 7, 1942 Arrived Abdul Atoll
December 8, 1942 Left Abdul Atoll with HMS Scout
December 10, 1942 Arrived Colombo
December 11, 1942 Departed Colombo
December 14, 1942 Arrived Kilindini for boiler cleaning
December 21, 1942 Departed Kilindini for exercises
December 24, 1942 Arrived Diego Suarez, oiled and departed for convoy of South African troops
December 31, 1942 Arrived Durban
January 9, 1943 Departed Durban on convoy duty
January 17, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
January 20, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
January 29, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
February 2, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
February 7, 1943 Arrived Abdul Atoll
February 10, 1943 Left Abdul Atoll for convoy duty
February 17, 1943 Arrived Freemantle, Australia
March 3, 1943 Departed Freemantle
March 13, 1943 Arrived Mauritius
March 14, 1943 Departed Mauritius
March 17, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
March 24, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
March 25, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
March 30, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
March 31, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
April 12, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
April 16, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
April 26, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
April 30, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
May 4, 1943 Departed Kilindini for exercises
May 7, 1943 Arrived Kilindini
May 9, 1943 Departed Kilindini
May 12, 1943 Arrived Durban
May 18, 1943 Departed Durban
May 20, 1943 Arrived Simonstown
May 23, 1943 Departed Simonstown with £3 million shipment of gold
June 1, 1943 Arrived Bathurst
June 3, 1943 Departed Bathurst on convoy duty
June 12, 1943 Arrived Plymouth, gold unloaded
June 15, 1943 Departed Plymouth
June 16, 1943 Arrived Birkenhead. Decommissioned for refit
September 22, 1943 Tranferred to Royal New Zealand Navy
October 11, 1943 Work up in Clyde
October 17, 1943 Work up complete
October 20, 1943 Work up at Scapa Flow as part of 1st Cruiser Squadron
December 1, 1943 Work up complete
December 3, 1943 Departed Scapa Flow
December 5, 1943 Arrived Plymouth
December 12, 1943 Departed Plymouth to begin blockade duties near Azores
December 30, 1943 Relieved by French destroyers La Fanasque and Le Malin
January 1, 1944 Arrived Plymouth
January 30, 1944 Departed Plymouth
February 2, 1944 Arrived Gibraltar
February 3, 1944 Departed Gibraltar
February 10, 1944 Passed through Suez Canal
February 13, 1944 Arrived Aden
February 19, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee and joined 4th Cruiser Squadron, Eastern Fleet
February 22, 1944 Started earching for blockade runners in the Cocos Islands with Illustrious, Rotherham and Tjerk Hiddes
February 28, 1944 HMS Sussex joined the group and Gambia left to refuel at Fremantle
March 7, 1944 Departed Fremantle on convoy duties
March 17, 1944 Arrived Colombo
March 21, 1944 Departed Colombo with Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, Renown, Illustrious, London, Cumberland, Ceylon and 10 destoyers
March 24, 1944 Refuelled at sea, 800 miles south of Ceylon
March 27, 1944 Joined US Group 58, Saratoga and 3 destroyers
April 2, 1944 Group 58 arrives at Trincomalee
April 16, 1944 Departed Trincomalee, Ceylon as part of Task Force 69 (Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, Richelieu, Ceylon, Newcastle, Nigeria, Tromp and 8 destroyers
April 18, 1944 Joined Task Force 70 along with HMS Ceylon
April 19, 1944 Bombarded the Japanese held bases at Sabang
April 24, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee
May 6, 1944 Departed Tricomalee with Eastern Fleet for carrier raid on Surabaya with Renown, Illustrious, Ceylon, 3 RN destoyers, Saratoga and 3 US destoyers
May 8, 1944 Formal transfer to Royal New Zealand Navy
May 17, 1944 Carrier raid on Surabaya
May 27, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee
June 10, 1944 Departed Trincomalee with Illustrious and Atheling for patrols in Bay of Bengal and Sumatra
June 13, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee, then sailed for Madras to pick up FAA personnel
June 17, 1944 Arrived Colombo
July 22, 1944 Departed Trincomalee, Ceylon with Valiant, Renown, Illustrious, Victorious, Phoebe, Ceylon, Kenya, Nigeria, Cumberland, Tromp and 10 destroyers
July 25, 1944 Bombarded the Japanese held bases at Sabang
July 27, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee
August 1944 Exercises with 4th Cruiser Squadron
August 29, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee
September 8, 1944 Exercises with 4th Cruiser Squadron with Howe, Cumberland and London
September 10, 1944 Arrived Colombo for refit
October 6, 1944 Arrived Trincomalee
October 16, 1944 Departed Trincomalee with passengers
October 17, 1944 Joined convoy of US troop transports
October 24, 1944 Left convoy
October 25, 1944 Refuelled at Fremantle then left for Melbourne
November 1, 1944 Departed Melbourne for tour of New Zealand
November 24, 1944 Arrived Wellington
December 1944 Refit at Aukland
January 30, 1945 Arrived Lyttelton, New Zealand
February 14, 1945 Departed Aukland with Howe, Quality and Queenborough
February 17, 1945 Arrived Sydney
March 1, 1945 Departed Sydney
March 7, 1945 Arrived Manus, started exercises with British Pacific Fleet
March 18, 1945 Departed Manus with British Pacific Fleet
March 20, 1945 Arrived Ulithi
March 23, 1945 Departed Ulithi with British Pacific Fleet. Gambia part of Task Force 57 with 4th Cruiser Squadron including Argonaut, Black Prince, Euralus and Swiftsure
March 25, 1945 Refuelled at sea
March 26, 1945 Took up station 100 miles south of Sakishima islands. Carrier attack against airfields on islands
March 28, 1945 Refuelled at sea
March 31, 1945 More carrier attacks against airfields on Sakishima islands
April 1, 1945 Kamakazi attacks against Task Force 57. HMS Ulster suffers near miss and disabled
April 2, 1945 Gambia begins tow of HMS Ulster to Leyte escorted by Quiberon
April 4, 1945 Balarat and Lismore join Gambia, Quiberon and Ulster
April 5, 1945 Arrived Leyte after towing Ulster 700 miles at average speed of 8 knots
April 6, 1945 Departed Leyte with Uganda, Urchin ans Ursa
April 8, 1945 Rejoined Task Force 57
April 11, 1945 Operations against Formosan airfields
April 13,1945 End of operations against Formosan airfields. Gambia accidentally shoots down a Hellcat
April 14, 1945 Refuelling and rearming
April 16, 1945 Airstrikes against Sakishima islands
April 17, 1945 Airstrikes against Sakishima islands
April 18, 1945 Refuelling
April 20, 1945 Fleet departs area for Leyte
April 23, 1945 Arrived Leyte
April 27, 1945 Captain Edwards takes over command of Gambia
May 1, 1945 Departed Leyte Gulf as part of Task Force 57 to attack Sakishima islands south-east of Okinawa
May 4, 1945 Gambia and HMS Swiftsure bombard Nobara Airfield. Gambia fires 230 rounds of 6" shells
May 5, 1945 More attacks on Sakishima islands south-east of Okinawa
May 6, 1945 Refuelling
May 9, 1945 Kamikaze attacks on carriers, Formidable and Victorious damaged
May 10, 1945 Refuelling
May 25, 1945 Final attacks on Sakishima islands south-east of Okinawa. Fleet returns to Leyte
May 30, 1945 Departed Manus
June 5, 1945 Arrived Sydney, Australia for refit
June 28, 1945 Departed Sydney
July 6, 1945 Rejoined Task Force 37, British Pacific Fleet as part of the carrier defense during bombing operations against North and South Honshu
July 16, 1945 Refuelling
July 17, 1945 First British attacks on Japan
July 20, 1945 Attacks continue. Gambia, Uganda and Achilles refuel from US ships due to shortage in UK replenshment group
August 2, 1945 Joined Argonaut, Black Prince and Newfoundland as relay between British Pacific Fleet and US 3rd Fleet
August 9, 1945 Attacked the steel works at Kaimashi on Honshu Island under the command of Rear Admiral Eric James Patrick Brind, CBE, commanding Fourth Cruiser Squadron with Newfoundland, Tenacious, Termagant and Terpsichore. Gambia fired 404 rounds of 6" shells. On way back to Task Force 37, Gambia shot down Japanese aircraft
August 10, 1945 Rejoined British Pacific Fleet and refuelled. Gambia joined Task Force 38 with King George V, Indefatigable, Newfoundland, Barfleur, Napier, Nizam, Wakeful and Wrangler
August 13, 1945 Cruised off coast of Japan
August 15, 1945 Gambia shoots down Japanese aircraft. Ceasefire announced.
August 20, 1945 Royal Marines from Gambia muster on USS Pavlic then took the surrender of the Japanese Naval Base at Yokosuka. Gambia's flag is raised on the base
August 27, 1945 Arrived Sagami Bay
August 31, 1945 Arrived Tokyo Bay with Newfoundland. Assigned to 2nd Cruiser Squadron
September 2, 1945 In Tokyo Bay for surrender of Japanese
September 11, 1945 Departed Tokyo to pick up released POWs from Wakayuma
September 20, 1945 Arrived back in Tokyo. Released POWs transferred to hospital ships
October 11, 1945 Departed Japan
October 30, 1945 Arrived Aukland, New Zealand for refit
December 21, 1945 Refit completed
February 8, 1946 Departed Aukland
February 12, 1946 Arrived Sydney, Australia
March 1, 1946 Departed Fremantle for trip back to UK
March 27, 1946 Arrived Portsmouth for refit
July 7, 1946 Returned to Royal Navy
October 12, 1946 Joined 5th Cruiser Squadron, British Pacific Fleet
October 15, 1946 Arrived Gibraltar
October 19, 1946 Arrived Malta
November 2, 1946 Departed Malta
November 5, 1946 Passed through Suez Canal
November 9, 1946 Arrrived Aden
November 10, 1946 Departed Aden
November 16, 1946 Arrived Colombo
November 18, 1946 Departed Colombo
November 23, 1946 Arrived Singapore
December 6, 1946 Departed Singapore
December 12, 1946 Arrived Colombo
December 20, 1946 Arrrived Aden
January 2, 1947 Arrived Gibraltar
January 21, 1947 Arrived Hong Kong
February 8, 1947 Departed Hong Kong
February 13, 1947 Arrived Yokohama
February 21, 1947 Arrived Kure
March 14, 1947 Arrived Yokohama
March 22, 1947 Arrived Mitsuhama
April 1, 1947 Arrived Kobe
April 9, 1947 Arrived Kure, Japan. Gambia was flag ship of Fifth Cruiser Squadron
April 26, 1947 Departed Yokohama
April 30, 1947 Arrived Chinwangtao
May 8, 1947 Arrived Shanghai
August 8, 1947 Arrived Yokohama
August 15, 1947 Arrived Komatsushima
August 23, 1947 Arrived Kure
September 26, 1947 Arrived Shanghai
November 9, 1947 Arrived Singapore
January 6, 1948 Arrived Devonport. Reduced to Category B1 Reserve
January 1950 Assigned to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean. Later served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron on the same station
March 30, 1950 Departed Devonport for Mediterranean
April 3, 1950 Arrived Gibraltar
April 11, 1950 Arrived Malta
May 13, 1950 Arrived Benghazi
May 29, 1950 Arrived Plymouth
June 7, 1950 Arrived Alexandria then onto Malta
June 18, 1950 Arrived Port Said
June 21, 1950 Arrived Beirut
June 24, 1950 Arrived Famagusta
July 1, 1950 Arrived Athens
July 13, 1950 Arrived Marmarice
July 22, 1950 Arrived Malta
August 29, 1950 Departed Malta
August 30, 1950 Arrived Thormina
September 1, 1950 Arrived Taranto
September 15, 1950 Arrived Toulon
September 19, 1950 Arrived Marseilles
September 23, 1950 Arrived Anzio
October 10, 1950 Arrived Trieste
October 16, 1950 Collision with HMS Phoebe
October 17, 1950 Arrived Malta
January 3, 1951 Arrived Dragomesti
February 10, 1951 Arrived Bizrata
February 23, 1951 Arrived Gibraltar
March 4, 1951 Arrived Mauritius
March 28, 1951 Departed Malta for Red Sea after unrest following nationalization of the oil fields
May 2, 1951 Arrived Bahrain
June 1951 At Malta for refitting
July 28, 1951 Refitting completed
August 1951 Exercises with Greek Navy in Aegean
August 23, 1951 Arrived Malta
September 18, 1951 Exercises with Greek Navy off Cyprus and Crete
October 15, 1951 Departed Malta
October 17, 1951 Held at Port Said with Chequers and Chevron while on way to East Indies to relieve Mauritius. On October 18 the Canal workers went on strike. Gambia spent 5 weeks there before returning to Malta. The Royal Navy took over handling the Canal
October 25, 1951 At Port Said
November 19, 1951 At Port Said
November 24, 1951 Arrived Malta. Captain L. F. Durnford Slater in command of HMS Gambia
December 14, 1951 Departed Malta
January 8, 1952 At Port Said
March 22, 1952 A Joint Exercise Trincomalee (JET) starts with HMS Kenya, other Royal Navy, Royal Indian Navy and Royal Pakistan Navy ships
April 7, 1952 JET ends
June 1952 With Mediterranean Fleet and joint exercises with United States, Greek and Italian navies
June 21, 1952 Mediterranean Fleet summer cruise begins
July 31, 1952 Arrived Devonport
January 16, 1953 Searched for Crashed Lancaster off Malta
June 15, 1953 Present at the Coronation Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Spithead
August 12, 1953 Diverted for earthquake relief at Zante, with 45 Royal Marine Commando
August 14, 1953 Assisted Greek troops to put out raging fires on Zante
May 2, 1954 With Glasgow, Bermuda, Eagle, 7 destroyers and 2 frigates wih Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on board Royal Yacht Brittania at the end of their world tour, escorting it to Malta where they arrived the same day.
August 13, 1954 Diverted to Port Said
August 16, 1954 Arrived Port Said along with HMS Glasgow which began loading men and equipment
August 17, 1954 Evacuated 40th Brigade of the Royal Marine Commando from Port Said
August 20, 1954 Arrived Malta
September 6, 1954 Departed Malta for summer cruise as flagship of Vice-Admiral J. P. L. Reid
October 4, 1954 Arrived Malta
October 8, 1954 Capain W. Evershed in command. Departed Malta with Emperor Haille Selassie of Ethiopia on board for UK. Escorted by Charity and Constance
October 14, 1954 Arrived Portsmouth. Emperor Haille Selassie starts UK State Visit
October 15, 1954 Review in the Presence of the Emperor of Ethiopia. Departed Portsmouth for Devonport and paying off
February 1955 Recommissioned for East Indies
March 1955 Refit
June 14, 1955 Arrived Kilindini harbour, Mombasa, Kenya
June 27, 1955 Departed Mombassa
July 1, 1955 Arrived Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
October 19, 1955 Departed Trincomalee
November 14, 1955 Departed Mena al Ahmadi
November 1955 First large ship to enter the inner harbour at Bahrein
March 1, 1956 Arrived Devonport Dockyard
March 1956 Refit at Rosyth
May 1, 1956 Refit completed, commissioned to East Indies
May 1957 Sailed for the Persian Gulf station, as the last flagship on this station
May 21, 1957 Joined Home Fleet at Invergordon
May 27, 1957 Review of the Home Fleet in Cromarty Firth by Her Majesty the Queen. Home Fleet meets Royal Yacht and escorts it to Rosyth
May 28, 1957 Visit of Her Majesty the Queen
June 1957 Visits Scandiavian ports
July 22, 1957 Arrived Bergen
July 28, 1957 Departed Bergen
September 16, 1957 Sailed the Clyde for NATO Exercise
September 20, 1957 Passed through Suez Canal
October 17, 1957 Departed Chatham
November 21, 1957 Arrived Gibraltar, but departed the same day
November 26, 1957 At Port Said
November 28, 1957 Arrived Aden
December 1, 1957 Recommissioned
December 6, 1957 Arrived Bahrain
December 10, 1957 Departed Bahrain
December 16, 1957 Arrived Aden
January 1958 Started Indian Cruise
January 30, 1958 Departed Trincomalee for Madras. Arrived in Aden the same day
March 1958 End of Indian Cruise
March 3, 1958 Departed Colombo
March 5, 1958 Arrived Male
March 9, 1958 Sailed Male
March 15, 1958 Arrived Bombay
May 14, 1958 At Trincomalee
June 1958 Joint Exercise Trincomalee (JET 58)
July 1958 Start of East African Cruise
July 5, 1958 At Trincomalee
July 9, 1958 Arrived Diego Garcia, departed the same day
July 13, 1958 Arrived Rodriguez
July 15, 1958 Departed Rodriguez
July 16, 1958 Arrived Mauritius, departed the same day
July 18, 1958 Arrived Mombassa
July 19, 1958 Departed Mombassa
July 22, 1958 Arrived Bahrain
August 1958 End of East African Cruise
August 24, 1958 Departed Bahrain
August 26, 1958 At Muscat
September 2, 1958 Departed Aden
September 7, 1958 Through Suez Canal
September 10, 1958 Arrived Malta
September 12, 1958 Departed Malta
September 18, 1958 Arrived at Chatham
September 30, 1958 Arrived Rosyth
November 4, 1958 Assigned to 1st Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean
February 1959 Home Fleet spring cruise to Gibraltar and Western Mediterranean. Cruise to Vigo with Againcourt and Barrosa
November 24, 1959 At Gibraltar
December 4, 1959 Deployed to the Far East to relieve the cruiser Ceylon in the Red Sea
February 14, 1960 Arrived Male. Captain W. J. Munn in command
March 4, 1960 Arrived Port Louis Mauritius with aid after Cyclone
July 4, 1960 Arrived in Portsmouth
November 21, 1960 Arrived Rotterdam
November 25, 1960 Departed Rotterdam
December 1960 Paid off to reserve
December 2, 1968 Towed out of Portsmouth
December 5, 1968 Arrived at Inverkeithing for breaking up by T. W. Ward & Company
1969 Broken up