Allied Warships

HNMS Tromp

Light cruiser of the Tromp class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassTromp 
Pennant 
Built byNederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (Amsterdam, Holland) 
Ordered 
Laid down17 Jan 1936 
Launched24 May 1937 
Commissioned18 Aug 1938 
End service10 Dec 1968 
History

Became an accomodation ship on 1 April 1955.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 13 May 1969.

For HrMs Tromp's service career see this website (offsite link).

 

Commands listed for HNMS Tromp

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CommanderFromTo
1kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Jan Willem Termijtelen, RNN3 Jul 193919 Jul 1941
2kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Jan Balthazar de Meester, RNN19 Jul 19418 Oct 1943
3kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Frederik Stam, RNN8 Oct 194317 Mar 1947

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The wartime history of HrMs Tromp as given on this page was recontructed taking information from her logbooks and reports found at the Dutch National Archives at The Hague and reports found at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

The page for this ship was last updated in June 2017.

7 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Amsterdam to have both propellers changed. (1)

9 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. She then conducted trials in the North Sea. (1)

11 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked again for inspection of her propellers. (1)

19 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Den Helder, Netherlands for the Dutch East Indies. First leg of this trip was to Cadiz, Spain.

For the daily positions during the complete passage from Den Helder, Netherlands to Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, see the map below.

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23 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Cádiz, Spain. (1)

24 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) depated Cádiz, Spain for Port Said, Egypt. (1)

29 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Port Said. She transited the Suez Canal and arrived at Suez later the same day. (1)

30 Aug 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Suez for Aden. (1)

1 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Aden. (1)

2 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Aden for Sabang, Dutch East Indies. (1)

10 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Sabang, Dutch East Indies. After fuelling she daparted later the same day for Batavia via Emmahaven making a neutrality patrol along the west coast of Sumatra. (1)

12 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Emmahaven (Padang), Sumatra, Dutch East Indies where she inspected the German merchant ships Franken (7789 GRT, built 1926) and Soneck (2191 GRT, built 1938) that had taken refuge there. (1)

14 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Emmahaven for Batavia. (1)

16 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) briefly anchored off Bengkulen (Bengkulu), Sumatra, Dutch East Indies before proceeding towards Tjilatjap (Cilacap), Java, Netherlands East Indies. (1)

17 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) anchored off Ambon.

18 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) briefly anchored off Tjilatjap (Cilacap), Java, Netherlands East Indies before proceeding towards Batavia (Jakarta). (1)

19 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia (Jakarta), Java, Netherlands East Indies. (1)

20 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia for Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies. (1)

22 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya. (1)

23 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) is docked at Surabaya. (1)

24 Sep 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) is undocked. (1)

9 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

13 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

16 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

20 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

23 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) joins the Dutch East Indies Squadron. (2)

24 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

27 Oct 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

1 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Surabaya. (2)

6 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for the Riouw (Riau) Archipaligo.

For the daily positions during the period of 6 November 1939 to 15 December 1939, see the map below.

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8 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Billiton Island (Pulau Belitung). (2)

9 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) continued her passage. (2)

10 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Singkep Island (Pulau Singkep). (2)

11 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) shifted from Singkep Island (Pulau Singkep) to Lingga Island (Pulau Lingga). (2)

12 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) shifted from Lingga Island (Pulau Lingga) to Batam Island (Pulau Batam). (2)

16 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batam Island (Pulau Batam) for the Anambas Islands. (2)

18 Nov 1939
After a short trip to the Anambas Islands, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), arrived at Tandjung Pinang, Bintan Island (Pulau Bintan). (2)

19 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Tandjung Pinang, Bintan Island (Pulau Bintan) for Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka). (2)

21 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka). (2)

23 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in the Gaspar Strait before returning to Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka). (2)

24 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in the Gaspar Strait before returning to Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka). (2)

25 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka) for Batavia, Java. (2)

27 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia, Java. (2)

30 Nov 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia, Java for the Gaspar Stait. (2)

3 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka). (2)

6 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Tandjung Pandan, Banka Island (Pulau Banka) to patrol in the Gaspar Strait. (2)

10 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed the Gaspar Strait for the Anambas Islands. (2)

11 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Sedanau Island (Pulau Sedanau). (2)

12 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed from Sedanau Island (Pulau Sedanau) for Batavia, Java. (2)

15 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia, Java. (2)

19 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia, Java to patrol in the Java Sea.

For the daily positions during the period of 19 December 1939 to 24 December 1939, see the map below.

(2)

24 Dec 1939
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya, Java. (2)

2 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) is docked at Surabaya. (2)

8 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) is undocked. (2)

15 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

19 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

22 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

26 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

29 Jan 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

2 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

6 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

10 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

13 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

16 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

20 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (2)

24 Feb 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (2)

4 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Oleh Leh (Banda Atjeh), Sumatra.

For the daily positions during the passage to Oleh Leh, see the map below.

(2)

8 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Oleh Leh (Banda Atjeh), Sumatra. (2)

12 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Oleh Leh (Banda Atjeh) to patrol along the west coast of Sumatra.

For the daily positions during the period of 12 March 1940 to 21 March 1940, see the map below.

(2)

13 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Meulaboh, Sumatra. (2)

15 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Meulaboh to continue her patrol along the west coast of Sumatra. (2)

17 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Musala Island (Pulau Musala). (2)

18 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Musala Island (Pulau Musala) for Surabaya, Java. (3)

21 Mar 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya where a refit period of about 8 weeks was commenced. (3)

6 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (3)

9 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. (3)

14 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya to patrol in the Java Sea.

For the daily positions during the period of 14 May 1940 to 20 May 1940, see the map below.

(3)

20 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. She was docked later the same day. (3)

21 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. She departed Surabaya later the same day to patrol in the Java Sea. (3)

25 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in Strait Madoera with the destroyers HrMs Witte de With (?) and HrMs Evertsen (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). (3)

26 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

29 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (3)

1 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

3 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait and the Indian Ocean. (3)

8 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

10 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait and the Java Sea. (3)

13 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

14 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for the Java Sea. She returned to Surabaya later the same day. (3)

18 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in the Java Sea. (3)

24 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Kangean Island. (3)

25 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Kangean Island for exercises in Madoera Strait. (3)

28 Jun 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

15 Jul 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (3)

18 Jul 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) shifted from the Madoera Strait to the Java Sea. (3)

22 Jul 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) shifted the Java Sea to the Madoera Strait. (3)

26 Jul 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

30 Jul 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in the Java Sea near Surabaya. Upon completion of the exercises she returned to Surabaya. (3)

12 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Makassar and to patrol the Java Sea along the way.

For the daily positions during the period of 12 August 1940 to 19 August 1940, see the map below.

(3)

16 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Makassar. (3)

17 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Makassar for Surabaya. (3)

19 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya. (3)

21 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Batavia (Jakarta). (3)

22 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia (Jakarta). (3)

24 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia (Jakarta) for Belawan, Sumatra.

For the daily positions during the period of 24 August 1940 to 29 August 1940, see the map below.

(3)

27 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived off Belawan, Sumatra. After a few hours she set course to return to Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (3)

29 Aug 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (3)

3 Sep 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia (Jakarta), Java to conduct exercises in the Java Sea with the Dutch East Indies Squadron.

For the daily positions during the period of 3 September 1940 to 8 September 1940, see the map below.

(3)

8 Sep 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya for a maintenance period / refit. (3)

11 Oct 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (3)

12 Oct 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. (3)

21 Oct 1940
With her refit completed, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), departed Surabaya for trials and exercises in the Java Sea.

For the daily positions during the period of 21 October 1940 to 30 October 1940, see the map below.

(3)

30 Oct 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (3)

4 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Pulau Saparua (near Ambon).

For the daily positions during the period of 4 November 1940 to 8 November 1940, see the map below.

(3)

8 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) dropped anchor off Pulau Saparua (near Ambon). (3)

11 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Pulau Saparua (near Ambon) to patrol in Strait Karimata.

For the daily positions during the period of 11 November 1940 to 29 November 1940, see the map below.

(3)

23 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) dropped anchor in the Gulf of Sukadana (in west Borneo, near Strait Karimata). (3)

27 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed the Gulf of Sukadana (in west Borneo, near Strait Karimata) for Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (3)

29 Nov 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (3)

3 Dec 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Batavia (Jakarta), Java for exercises in the Java Sea.

For the daily positions during the period of 3 December 1940 to 6 December 1940, see the map below.

(3)

9 Dec 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Cheribon (Cirebon), Java to patrol in Strait Karimata.

For the daily positions during the period of 9 December 1940 to 1 January 1941, see the map below.

(3)

12 Dec 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed the Strait Karimata area for Ambon, Moluccas. (3)

15 Dec 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Ambon, Moluccas. She departed later the same day for Mapia Island (Pulau Mapia), north of New Guinea. (3)

18 Dec 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived off Mapia Island (Pulau Mapia), north of New Guinea. There she made rendez-vous with the Dutch merchant vessel Madoera (9360 GRT, built 1922) which she was to escort to 00°00'N, 165°00'E. (3)

23 Dec 1940
At 1643 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), parted company with the vessel she had been escorting, the Dutch merchant vessel Madoera, near position 00°00'N, 165°00'E. (3)

25 Dec 1940
Around 0815 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), made rendez-vous with Dutch merchant vessel Melampus (6336 GRT, built 1924), near position 00°01'N, 163°25'E. A second Dutch merchant vessel, the Kota Radja (7166 GRT, built 1927) was not sighted as expected at the rendes-vous. (3)

1 Jan 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) and the vessel she had been escorting, the Dutch merchant vessel Melampus, arrived at Manokwari, West Papoea.

At Manokwari Tromp fuelled from the Dutch naval tanker TAN 2 (former mechant tanker Juno, 2345 GRT, built 1912) and was serviced with provisions by the tender Zuiderkruis (2200 tons, built 1923). (3)

4 Jan 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Manokwari for a rendes-vous at sea with several Dutch merchant vessel that she was to escort. (3)

6 Jan 1941
Shortly before noon, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), made rendes-vous with the Dutch merchant vessels Bloemfontein (10081 GRT, built 1934) and Mapia (7188 GRT, built 1923) near position 00°49'N, 130°58'E.

At 1330 hours the Dutch liner Marnix van St. Aldegonde (19355 GRT, built 1930) and the Dutch merchant Zaandam (10909 GRT, built 1938) joined the convoy.

Around 2130 hours the last two ships joined the convoy in position 00°51'N, 131°06'E. These were the Dutch merchant vessels Polyphemus (6671 GRT, built 1930) and Tabinta (8156 GRT, built 1930). (3)

14 Jan 1941
The Dutch merchant ship Bloemfontein departed the convoy, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), is escorting. She had an acute shortage of drinking water as the progress of the convoy was slower then expected due to engine problems of the merchant vessel Mapia which had already broken down twice halting the entire convoy. (4)

15 Jan 1941
The convoy, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), is escorting is dissolved. The merchant vessel Zaandam left the convoy at 1700 hours, the Marnix van St. Aldegonde at 2000 hours, the Tabinta at 2100 hours and the last two ships of the convoy, Polyphemus and Mapia left at 0200/16. (4)

19 Jan 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) made rendes-vous with naval tanker TAN 2 (former mechant tanker Juno, 2345 GRT, built 1912) at position 04°16'S, 152°27'E in the northern end of the St. George's Channel near Rabaul where she was fuelled. Tromp also took on board a sick crew member from the TAN 2. (4)

26 Jan 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived off Ambon where a sick crew member from the TAN 2 was landed. She then departed for Surabaya, Java. (4)

29 Jan 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya, Java for maintenance. (4)

6 Feb 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (4)

7 Feb 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. (4)

18 Feb 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Ambon.

For the daily positions during the period of 18 February 1940 to 23 March 1941, see the map below.

(4)

22 Feb 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) anchored off Ambon. (4)

25 Feb 1941
After fuelling from naval tanker TAN 4 (former merchant tanker Pendopo, 5209 GRT, built 1930), HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), departed Ambon for Port Moresby, New Guinea. (4)

2 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Port Moresby, New Guinea where she was refuelled by naval tanker TAN 4.

4 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Port Moresby, New Guinea for convoy duty.

At 1125 hours rendes-vous was made with the Dutch merchant Kota Inten (7191 GRT, built 1927) and at 1230 hours with the Dutch merchant Siantar (6995 GRT, built 1921). (4)

11 Mar 1941
Early in the evening, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), released both ships she was escorting. (4)

17 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Port Moresby, New Guinea where she was fuelled by naval tanker TAN 4. She departed for Surabaya later the same day. (4)

23 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya, Java for maintenance. (4)

25 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (4)

28 Mar 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. (4)

19 May 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for trials and exercises in Madoera Strait. (4)

24 May 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (4)

27 May 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Surabaya for Cairns, Australia.

For the daily positions during the period of 27 May 1941 to 7 July 1941, see the map below.

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3 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Cairns, Australia from Surabaya, Java. At Cairns she was fuelled by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 4 (former merchant tanker Pendopo, 5209 GRT, built 1930), (4)

4 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Cairns with three Dutch merchant vessels she was to escort to position 22.00'S, 180.00'E. The merchant vessels were Japara (9365 GRT, built 1939), Noesa Niwi (6737 GRT, built 1936, former German Wuppertal taken on 10 May 1940 at Padang) and Tosari (7057 GRT, built 1919). (4)

11 Jun 1941
At 1600 hours the convoy HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) had been escorting was disbanded. (4)

14 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) commenced patrolling along the route the Dutch merchant ships Sloterdijk (9230 GRT, built 1940) and Tabian (8151 GRT, built 1930) were following. (4)

15 Jun 1941
At 1345 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), commenced escorting the Tabian. (4)

16 Jun 1941
At 1545 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), stopped escorting the Tabian. Tromp now set course for Suva while the Tabian continued on her way. (4)

17 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Suva where she was fuelled by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 4. (4)

20 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Suva for Brisbane, Australia. She was tasked with escorting the Dutch merchant vessels Poelau Tello (9272 GRT, built 1929) and Talisse (8169 GRT, built 1930). (4)

26 Jun 1941
At daybreak, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN), disbanded the convoy she was escorting and proceeded to Brisbane where she arrived later the same day and was fuelled yet again by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 4. (4)

29 Jun 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) departed Brisbane for Cairns. (4)

1 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived off Cairns where she went alongside the TAN 4 to be topped off with fuel. She departed later the same day for Surabaya, Java. (4)

7 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) arrived at Surabaya, Java. (4)

10 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (4)

11 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) was undocked. (4)

21 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (4)

25 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (4)

29 Jul 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait and the Java Sea. (4)

1 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (4)

6 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in Madoera Strait. (4)

9 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (4)

12 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for exercises in the Java Sea and Madoera Strait. (4)

16 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (4)

21 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises in Madoera Strait. She returned to Surabaya upon completion of these exercises. (4)

25 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for Batavia. (4)

27 Aug 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Batavia from Surabaya. (4)

2 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Batavia for Ambon.

For the daily positions during the period of 2 September 1941 to 20 September 1941, see the map below.

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6 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Ambon from Batavia. (4)

9 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Ambon for a short patrol to the north Moluccas. (4)

12 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) anchored off Ambon where she was fuelled by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 8 (2770 GRT, built 1927, former merchant tanker Petronella). She then proceeded to sea again. (4)

13 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) anchored off Naira Island (Pulau Naira), Banda Islands. (4)

16 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Naira Island (Pulau Naira) for Ambon. (4)

17 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) briefly anchored off Ambon before she departed for Surabaya later the same day. (4)

20 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Surabaya. (4)

23 Sep 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) commenced a refit at Surabaya. (4)

24 Oct 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (4)

27 Oct 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was undocked. (4)

29 Oct 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was docked again at Surabaya. (5)

31 Oct 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was undocked. (5)

6 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for trials and exercises in the Java Sea. (5)

8 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya. (5)

9 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for Batavia. (5)

10 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Batavia. (5)

12 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Batavia to patrol in the Sunda Strait. This was done to prevent the Vichy-French from transporting rubber for the Germans from Indo-China to France. Their ships were now mostly in convoy when they passed the Sunda Strait and some 'fire power' was needed to bolster the Sunda Strait patrol.

For the daily positions during the period of 12 November 1941 to 1 December 1941, see the map below.

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19 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Batavia for fuel and stores. (5)

20 Nov 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Batavia to resume her patrol in the Sunda Strait. (5)

25 Nov 1941
In the early morning hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), is ordered to proceed to Batavia for fuel and stores and then to proceed into the Indian Ocean along the route to Fremantle, Australia to search for the missing Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney.

She departed Batavia later the same day for the Indian Ocean. (5)

27 Nov 1941
After dawn, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), had launched her aircraft for a search. When the aircraft returned it was damaged while landing in the rough seas. It was taken on board but was beyond repair by the ships crew. (5)

1 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Surabaya. (5)

2 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya to patrol in the Gaspar and Karimata Straits together with the submarines HrMs K IX (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN), HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Deketh, RNN), HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. H.C.J. Coumou, RNN(R)) and HrMs K XIII (Lt.Cdr. M.A.J. Derksema, RNN) (this was the 2nd Dutch submarine division).

For the daily positions during the period of 2 December 1941 to 9 December 1941, see the map below.

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8 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) is on patrol to the north of Stait Karimata when she received a signal that war had broken out with Japan. Course was then set to return to Surabaya. (5)

9 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived back at Surabaya.

At 2100 hours HrMs Tromp departed Surabaya for Strait Sapé (the strait between Sumbawa and Flores Islands).

For the daily positions during the period of 9 December 1941 to 23 December 1941, see the map below.

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10 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was fuelled by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 8 (2770 GRT, built 1927, former merchant tanker Petronella) north of Pulau Panjang in the northern end of the Lombok Strait. (6)

11 Dec 1941
In the morning, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), joined the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) that were already patrolling Sape Stait.

Ater fuelling from naval tanker TAN 2, HrMs Tromp, together with HrMS Banckert, while HrMS Piet Hein had already gone ahead, proceeded at high speed towards the Java Sea as a Japanese aircraft carrier was reported in the Java Sea. Early the next morning a signal was received that the report was false (The carrier was in fact an American merchant vessel with two tugs). Course was then reversed to return to Strait Sape. (6)

13 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the two destroyers were ordered to return to Surabaya. (6)

14 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was ordered to return to Surabaya where she arrived later the same day. (6)

15 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya for the Java Sea where at 1213 hours she made rendes-vous with HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN).

Course was then set for the Kumai Bay, south Borneo where the ships anchored late on this day and all Commending Officers went to the flagship for a breefing. With the breefing over the ships departed Kumai Bay at 0830/16 for Strait Karimata. (6)

18 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN). anchored in the Sampit Bay, south Borneo. HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) had already left the formation at 1600 hours the previous day to return to Surabaya for repairs.

In the afternoon destroyer Piet Hein went alongside and fuelled from the Tromp.

Early the next day Tromp and destroyer Banckert fuelled from the tanker TAN 3 (3126 GRT, built 1928, former merchant tanker Djirak). (6)

19 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Sampit Bay, south Borneo to patrol to the south of Borneo. (6)

21 Dec 1941
Late in the morning, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN). anchored off the coast of south Borneo to the west of Sampit Bay. (6)

22 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) returned to Surabaya where they arrived late in the afternoon. (6)

26 Dec 1941
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya together with HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) for Batavia via Strait Bali, the south coast of Java and the Sunda Strait.

For the daily positions during the period of 26 December 1941 to 29 December 1941, see the map below.

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29 Dec 1941
The task force, made up of HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN), arrived at Batavia. (6)

1 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Batavia. They were to bolster the escort of convoy BM 9A that was en-route to Singapore. The Dutch ships joined the British convoy at 1345 hours.

The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 2000/2.

Convoy BM 9A was made up of the following ships; liner (troopship) Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939), passenger (or in this case troops) / cargo ships Lancashire (9445 GRT, built 1917), Rajula (8478 GRT, built 1926), Ethiopia (5575 GRT, built 1922) and Varsova (4691 GRT, built 1914). They were escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN), the British light cruisers HMS Durban (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN), HMS Dragon (Capt. R.J. Shaw, MBE, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN). The convoy arrived arrived at Singapore on 3 January. (6)

1 Jan 1942

For the daily positions during the period of 1 January 1942 to 14 January 1942, see the map below.

3 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) arrived at Banten Bay (to the west of Batavia). (6)

4 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Banten Bay to bolster the escort of convoy BM 9B that was en-route to Singapore. The Dutch ships joined the British convoy around 1300 hours.

The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 2000/5.

Convoy BM 9B was made up of the following ships; passenger (or in this case troops / cargo ships Madura (8975 GRT, built 1921), Rajput (5521 GRT, built 1925), Risaldar (5407 GRT, built 1940), Jalarajan (5076 GRT, built 1925) and El Madina (3962 GRT, built 1937). They were escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN), the British light cruiser HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN) and HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)). (6)

7 Jan 1942
After having released convoy BM 9B at 2000/5 HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) returned to the Sunda Strait, passed it and proceeded on a sweep into the Indian Ocean towards Pulau Enggano. After reaching Enggano around 0700 hours on this day course was reversed to return towards the Sunda Strait. (6)

8 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) put into the Keizersbay (near Lampung), southern Sumatra where they were fuelled by the naval tanker TAN 8 (2770 GRT, built 1927, former merchant tanker Petronella). Later the same day the task force departed for the Indian Ocean. (6)

9 Jan 1942
At 1930 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) are ordered by Rear Admiral Doorman aboard HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN) to proceed towards Pisang Island (Pulau Pisang) on the south-west coast of Sumatra where they were to refuel. (6)

10 Jan 1942
Shortly after 1030 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) dropped anchor off Pisang Island (Pulau Pisang). There they were fuelled by the Dutch naval tanker TAN 8 (2770 GRT, built 1927, former merchant tanker Petronella). The three Dutch warships departed around 2300 hours to rejoin HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) in the Indian Ocean which they did at 0645/11. (6)

11 Jan 1942
Shortly before 1800 hours HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) bolstered the escort of convoy DM 1.

Convoy DM 1 was made up of the following ships; American liner (troopship) Mount Vernon (24289 GRT, built 1933), British liners (troopships) Narkunda (16227 GRT, built 1920), Aorangi (17491 GRT, built 1924), British cargo vessel Sussex (11062 GRT, built 1937), Dutch passerger / cargo ship Abbekerk (7906 GRT, built 1939).

They were escorted by British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), British light cruisers HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN), HMS Durban (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN), the British destroyers HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN).

The Dutch ships remained with the convoy until 0745/13. (6)

14 Jan 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) arrive at Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (6)

19 Jan 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) depart Batavia (Jakarta), Java to escort the Dutch passenger / cargo ships Poelau Tello (9272 GRT, built 1929) and cargo ship Straat Malakka (6439 GRT, built 1939) through the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean.

Duning the night of 19/20 January, in a very dark night with heavy rain, contact was lost with the destroyer Banckert.

At 1700/20 the convoy was disbanded and HrMS Tromp and HrMs Piet Hein set course to return to Batavia.

At 0030/21, and again in heavy rain, Tromp lost contact with the Piet Hein as well. Borth ships re-joined company arond 0600 hours that morning. They then arrived at Batavia at 1100/21. (6)

22 Jan 1942
Early in the morning HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed Batavia (Jakarta), Java escorting the US cargo ship Collingsworth (5101 GRT, built 1920) and the Dutch passenger / cargo ship Rochussen (2680 GRT, built 1904).

Around 1100 hours all ships joined convoy BM 10 that was made up of the British passenger / cargo ships Talthybius (10224 GRT, built 1912), Rohna (8602 GRT, built 1926), Cap St. Jaques (8009 GRT, built 1922), Takliwa (7936 GRT, built 1924), Islami (5879 GRT, built 1934), Ekma (5128 GRT, built 1911), British cargo ships Subadar (5424 GRT, built 1929), Jalavihar (5330 GRT, built 1911), Ekma (5128 GRT, built 1911), Jalakrishna (4991 GRT, built 1937), Loch Ranza (4958 GRT, built 1934), Brittany (4772 GRT, built 1928) and Jalaratna (3865 GRT, built 1930).

This convoy was escorted by the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Enterprise (Capt. J.C. Annesley, DSO, RN), HMS Danae (Capt. F.J. Butler, MBE, RN), the British destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Stronghold (Lt.Cdr. (retired) G.R. Pretor-Pinney, RN), the Australian sloop HMAS Yarra (Cdr. W.H. Harrington, RAN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN). When the Dutch ships joined destroyers HMS Electra and HMS Stronghold left the convoy. (6)

22 Jan 1942

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 22 January 1942 to 28 January 1942, see the map below.

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25 Jan 1942
Early in the morning HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed the escort of convoy BM 10 and proceeded to Pladjoe (Pladju, Palembang) to refuel. They arrived at Pladjoe (Pladju) to refuel at 1800 hours. (6)

26 Jan 1942
At 1130 hours, HMS Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) departed the Pladjoe (Pladju, Palembang) for Batavia (Jakarta), Java. (6)

27 Jan 1942
While en-route to Batavia (Jakarta), Java from Pladjoe (Pladju, Palembang, Sumatra), HMS Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) are ordered, at 0330 hours, to proceed at high speed towards a position 60 nautical miles to the north-west of Strait Karimata as a convoy of 16 Japanese ships is reported to be heading south in that direction. HrMs Java (Capt. P.B.M van Straelen, RNN), who is also in the area is also ordered to proceed to that position.

At 1430 hours this order is cancelled and Tromp and her two escorting destroyers are ordered to proceed to Surabaya, Java. (6)

28 Jan 1942
At 1500 hours, HMS Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN), arrive at Surabaya, Java. (6)

29 Jan 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was docked at Surabaya. (6)

31 Jan 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was undocked. (6)

3 Feb 1942
After a short maintenance period, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), departed Surabaya for Strait Madoera around 1300 hours. At 1835 hours she dropped anchor north of Gili Raja Island (Pulau Gili Raja) near HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN). Cdr. de Meester then went aboard the flagship for a conferance with the Squadron Commander Rear-Admiral Doorman with the Commanding Officers of all ships present.

For the daily positions during the period of 3 February 1942 to 8 February 1942, see the map below.

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4 Feb 1942
At 0130 hours, the Dutch light cruisers HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) and HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) departed their anchorage to the north of of Gili Raja Island (Pulau Gili Raja) for the Java Sea.

At 0500 hours they made rendes-vous with the US heavy cruiser USS Houston (Capt. A.H. Rooks, USN), the US light cruiser USS Marblehead (Capt. A.G. Robinson, USN) and their escorting destroyers USS Stewart (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Smith, USN), USS John D. Edwards (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Eccles, USN), USS Barker (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Miller, USN) and USS Bulmer (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Harris, USN). These American ships had also been anchored the north of of Gili Raja Island (Pulau Gili Raja) but had left a little earlier then the Dutch ships. The mission of the joint Dutch-US task force was a 'hit and run' raid into Strait Makassar.

Around 0955 hours the task force came under air attack in the by the Japanese in the Bali Sea in approximate position 07°28'S, 115°37'E and USS Houston and USS Marblehead were damaged. Houston was hit on the roof of her rear 8" gun turret heavily damaging it and it could not be repaired. (When USS Houston sank about four weeks later she still had only two operational 8" gun turrets). USS Marblehead was hit twice and also straddled and received serious damage resulting in that she had to be sent to the USA for repairs. The raid into Makassar Stait was now cancelled.

USS Houston had been sent towards Tjilatjap (Cilacap) on the south coast of Java for repairs. USS Tromp was later ordered to give her protection during her passage there and proceeded after her. She caught up with her to the south of Atlas Stait and both ships then proceeded in company until 0000/5 when Tromp left USS Houston again and proceeded to re-join the task force as ordered which she did at 1325/5 when she made rendes-vous with HrMs De Ruyter and the three Dutch destroyers. (6)

8 Feb 1942
HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) and HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) arrive at Tjilatjap (Cilacap) on the south coast of Java.

At Tjilatjap HrMs Tromp was fuelled by the US naval oiler USS Pecos (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Abernethy, USN).

Around 1800 hours Tromp departed Tjilatjap together with HrMS De Ruyter. (6)

8 Feb 1942

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 8 February 1942 to 16 February 1942, see the map below.

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9 Feb 1942
Around 0800 hours, HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), were joined by eight US destroyers USS Whipple (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Karpe, USN), USS Pillsbury (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Pound, USN), USS Edsall (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Nix, USN), USS Alden (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Coley, USN), USS Stewart (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Smith, USN), USS John D. Edwards (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Eccles, USN), USS Barker (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Miller, USN) and USS Bulmer (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Harris, USN).

At 1700 hours the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) and HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) also joined. Van Ghent developed engine trouble and was later replaced by HrMs Kortenaer (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). (After repairs Van Ghent re-joined the task force on the 11th.)

Around 2130 hours the US destroyers USS Edsall and USS Alden were detached and sent to Tjilatjap. (6)

11 Feb 1942
At 1800 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), arrived at the Prigi Bay on the south coast of Java where she was fuelled by TAN 8 (2770 GRT, built 1927, former merchant tanker Petronella). (6)

12 Feb 1942
At 0200 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), departed the Prigi Bay on the south coast of Java. Outside the bay she waited for HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) which had also fuelled there. While leaving the bay De Ruyter collided with the US destroyer USS Whipple (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Karpe, USN) (or it was the other way round, Whipple colliding with De Ruyter, depending on what sources one reads, Dutch or American, sic.).

At sea the Dutch cruisers made rendes-vous with the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN), HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) and HrMs Kortenaer (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). The task force then set course towards the Sunda Strait.

At 1600 hours, HrMS Van Ghent and HrMs Kortenaer departed the formation and at 1830 hours HrMs Piet Hein and HrMs Bankert also left.

Both cruisers then continued their passage towards the Sunda Strait unescorted. (6)

13 Feb 1942
Around 1400 hours HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrive in the Sunda Stait which was then entered and passed northbound. Course was then set towards the Gaspar Staits.

At 1830 hours they were joined by the third Dutch cruiser in the Dutch East Indies, HrMs Java (Capt. P.B.M van Straelen, RNN). As by now there were still no destroyers with the cruisers for an intended hit and run raid northwards the cruisers turned around and headed for Oosthaven (Bandar Lampung), Sumatra. (6)

14 Feb 1942
Around 1600 hours, the Allied task force, now made up of five cruisers; the Dutch light cruisers HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN), HrMs Java (Capt. P.B.M van Straelen, RNN), HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN). They were escorted by a total of ten destroyers, four Dutch and six American; HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN), HrMs Kortenaer (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN), HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN), USS Stewart (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Smith, USN), USS John D. Edwards (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Eccles, USN), USS Barker (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Miller, USN) and USS Bulmer (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Harris, USN), USS Pillsbury (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Pound, USN) and USS Parrott (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hughes, USN) depared Oosthaven (Bandar Lampung), Sumatra for a hit and run raid to the north of the Gaspar Straits to attack a reported Japanese convoy. (6)

15 Feb 1942
Around 0315 hours the Allied task force entered the Stolze Strait (to the east of Mendanau Island (Pulau Mendanau). The task force was clear of the strait around 0800 hours but not before the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) had hit a reef resulting in the loss of this vessel. The Dutch destroyer HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) remained behind to render assistance to her stranded sister but it was soon apparent that the ship was beyond salvage. Several valuable items of the equipment were however taken off and by 1700 hours the wreck of the Van Ghent was destroyed by the Banckert. The Banckert now made off for Surabaya with the crew of the Van Ghent on board.

Meanwhile around 1150 hours the first Japanese air attack on the remainder of the Allied task force started. The attacks, which came in five waves, lasted until about 1745 hours. No major damage was done to the Allied ships which had reversed course shortly after 1300 hours. Only the US destroyers USS Barker and USS Bulmer required repairs to their badly shaken up machinery spaces.

The task force was then split up with the De Ruyter, Tromp, Exeter, Hobart and the US destroyers Barker and Bulmer proceeding to Batavia to refuel. The Java and the remaining US destroyers proceeded to the Ratai Bay to refuel and the two remaining Dutch destroyers to Oosthaven to do the same. (6)

17 Feb 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Batavia for Surabaya. (6)

18 Feb 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Surabaya from Batavia. (6)

19 Feb 1942

Battle of Badoeng Strait

It was expected that the Japanese would soon land (night of 19/20 February 1942) on the south-east coast of Bali (Badoeng Strait). Rear-Admiral Doorman therefore wanted to attack them in three waves. The first wave came from Tjilatjap on the south coast of Java and consisted of the Dutch light cruisers HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and HrMs Java (Capt. P.B.M van Straelen, RNN), escorted by the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN) and HrMs Kortenaer (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN) as well as the US destroyers USS John D. Ford (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Cooper, USN) and USS Pope (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Blinn, USN). However while leaving Tjilatjap in the evening of the 18th the Dutch destroyer Kortenaer grounded and was only able to get of at high tide therefore was no longer part of this force.

The second wave was made up of the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and four US destroyers; USS Stewart (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Smith, USN), USS Parrott (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Hughes, USN), USS Pillsbury (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Pound, USN) and USS John D. Edwards (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Eccles, USN). They sailed from Surabaya in the afternoon of the 19th

Finally the third wave was made up of the Dutch Motor Torpedo Boats; HrMs TM-4 (Lt. J.E. Gobée, RNN), HrMs TM-5 (S.Lt. E.J. Hoeksel, RNN), HrMs TM-6 (S.Lt. P. van Rees, RNN), HrMs TM-8 (Lt. J.G. Treffers, RNN), HrMs TM-9 (Lt. J.A. van Beusekom, RNN), HrMs TM-10 (S.Lt. J.W. Boon, RNN(R)), HrMs TM-11 (S.Lt. A.A.F. Schmitz, RNN), HrMs TM-15 (Lt. H.C. Jorissen, RNN). HrMs TM-13 (?) was also part of this force but acted as 'rescue boat'. Shortly after their sailing from Surabaya in the evening of the 18th HrMs TM-6 was forced to return due to engine trouble. These Motor Torpedo Boats proceeded through Strait Bali and anchored in three bay's on the Java side to refuel which took the whole day. In the evening of the 19th they departed for Badoeng Strait.

The Japanese attack on Bali was carried out by two transport ships Sasako Maru (7180 GRT, built 1941) and Sagami Maru (7189 GRT, built 1940). They had on board part of the Imperial Japanese Army’s 48th Infantry Division and had departed Makassar for Bali during the night of 17/18 February. They were escorted by four destroyers; Asashio (Lt.Cdr. G. Yoshii), Oshio (Cdr. K. Kikkawa) Arashio (Cdr. H. Kuboki) and Michishio (Lt.Cdr. M. Ogura). Distant cover was provided by the light cruiser Nagara (Capt T. Naoi, flagship of Rear-Admiral K. Kubo) escorted by three destroyers Hatsushimo (Lt.Cdr. S. Kohama), Nenohi (Lt.Cdr. T. Chihagi) and Wakaba (Lt.Cdr. M. Kuroki).

The Japanese landed around 0200/19 on the south coast of Bali. The transports were attacked unsuccessfully by the American submarine USS Seawolf. Seawolf herself was then counter attacked with depth charges by the destroyers but managed to escape.

During the day the Japanese transports were attacked from the air and the Sagami Maru was damaged. She left the landing zone escorted by the destroyers Arashio and Michishio. The undamaged Sasako Maru remained in the landing zone to pick up the landing barges. The destroyers Asashio and Oshio remained with her.

The allied first attack wave arrived south of Bali around 2130/19. A line was then formed in the order, HrMs De Ruyter, HrMs Java, HrMs Piet Hein, USS John D. Ford and finally USS Pope. Speed was increaded to 27 knots and they proceeded up Badoeng Strait. Around 2230 hours HrMs De Ruyter and HrMs Java opened fire on the Japanese which were taken by surprise. The Asashio turned a searchlight on which was quickly taken out by a salvo from the Java. The Dutch cruisers claimed heavy damage on the enemy but according to Japanese reports on the battle damage was only minor and after being initially taken by surprise the Japanese soon counter attacked. By that time however the Dutch cruisers had moved on.

The Allied destroyers were further behind the cruisers then intended and now arrived on the scene. Piet Hein was a little ahead of the US destroyers and opened fire with her 4.7” guns and also fired two torpedoes. Shortly afterwards two more torpedoes were fired but none found their intended target. Piet Hein then turned around towards the US destroyers with the intention to attack the Japanese again. While doing so her smoke generator was started. It is not completely clear but it is possible that one of these US destroyers then engaged Piet Hein with gunfire thinking she was Japanese. It is also possible that it were the Japanese that engaged Piet Hein. At this time Piet Hein was hit several times, resulting in her to come to a stop. After about 15 minutes Piet Hein was illuminated by a Japanese searchlight and taken under fire. The crew was ordered to abandon the doomed destroyer and she soon sank.

USS John D. Ford and Pope sighted a Japanese transport vessel (this must have been the Sasaga Maru) and what they thought to be a Japanese cruiser but this must have been the destroyer Oshio. They launched torpedoes (Ford – three, Pope - five) and turned away. Asashio and Oshio when went after them. The Americans thought they faced a very powerful enemy, even heavy cruisers were thought to be present. Both destroyers then retired to the south-east to return to Tjilatjap. Shortly afterwards they heard gunfire. This gunfire was coming from both Japanese destroyer that were now engaging each other by mistake. After a few minutes the mistake was noticed and both Japanese destroyer retired up the Strait to the north.

Meanwhile the Allied second attack wave was nearing the scene of the action. They had arrived south of Bali around 0100/20. The four US destroyers were ahead of the Tromp. It was intended that the four US destroyer would enter Badoeng Strait and attack with torpedoes first and that the Tromp would come behind them to finish off the Japanese after the confusion of the torpedo attack. During the torpedo attack a total of fifteen torpedoes were fired, six each by USS Stewart and USS Pope and three by USS Pillsbury. Their targets, Asashio and Oshio were not hit and both Japanese destroyers now went after their attackers. Stewart was then hit with gunfire. The US destroyers then set course to the east to leave Badoeng Strait. Now Tromp went in. Soon she was illuminated by a searchlight and the Japanese opened fire. Thy obtained eleven hits on the Tromp causing heavy damage to the Dutch cruiser. The Oshio on her turn was seriously damaged by the Tromp. The action was over around 0215/20 and Tromp retired from the Strait to the north-east. When north of Bali she went to full speed and returned to Surabaya for repairs.

Japanese Rear-Admiral Kubo, on board the Nagara, had meanwhile ordered the Arashio and Michishio to return to Badoeng Strait (Nagara and her three escorting destroyers were too far off). When the two Japanese destroyers entered the Strait they encountered the four US destroyers. Both sides launched torpedoes but all missed their intended targets and then a gunfight was started. During this gunfight the Michishio was heavily damaged and in the end she had to be towed back to Makassar. The US destroyer meanwhile continued to retire from the area.

The third wave then entered the Strait. The Dutch MTB’s had seen the second wave attacking but when they entered Badoeng Strait the Japanese were not sighted and they left without being able to fire torpedoes.

The Allies were at that time under the impression that they had obtained a victory. They thought to have sunk a Japanese cruiser and have damaged two more cruisers and two destroyers. This was not the case, one Japanese destroyer was heavily damaged and one seriously. In return the Japanese sank a Dutch destroyer and damaged the Dutch cruiser Tromp heavily. As the Dutch naval base at Surabaya was now under daily air attack it was deemed wise to sent the Tromp to Australia for repairs.

20 Feb 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Surabaya for repairs. She had suffered 10 dead and 30 wounded (including her Commanding Officer) during the action in Badoeng Strait. (6)

23 Feb 1942
At 1700 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Surabaya to proceed to Sydney, Australia (via Fremantle) for repairs.

Tromp proceeded to the Indian Ocean via Strait Madoera and Strait Bali. She was clear of Strait Bali at 0215/24.

For the daily positions during the period of 23 February 1942 to 4 March 1942, see the map below.

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27 Feb 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Fremantle, Australia. She departed for Sydney later the same day. (5)

4 Mar 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Sydney, Australia. (5)

6 Mar 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) shifted to one of the docks of the Cockatoo Dockyard for repairs to her action damage. (5)

26 Mar 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was undocked. She then continued her refit at the Cockatoo Dockyard. (5)

25 Apr 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) completed her repair / refit period at Sydney. During this period two 3" AA guns, six 20mm Oerlikons, Asdic and radar were installed. (5)

27 Apr 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) started a period of post repair trials / exercises off Sydney. (5)

2 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Sydney. (5)

9 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was docked at Sydney. (5)

10 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was undocked. (5)

17 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for sea. She was ordered to perform an A/S search off Sydney together with the brand new Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and the US destroyer USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Ford, USN).

The previous day the Russian freighter Uelen (5106 GRT, built 1913) was attacked to the north of Sydney by the Japanese submarine I-29.

All three Allied ships returned to Sydney later the same day having found no enemy submarine. (5)

18 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for convoy escort duty together with HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN). They were to escort convoy ZK 8 (Sydney - Townsville) northwards. Convoy ZK 8 was made up of four Dutch merchant vessels Bantam (3322 GRT, built 1930), Bontekoe (4668 GRT, built 1923), Van Heemskerk (2996 GRT, built 1909) and Van Heutsz (4588 GRT, built 1926).

For the daily positions during the period of 18 May 1942 to 24 May 1942, see the map below.

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23 May 1942
At 1000 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), turned over the escort of convoy ZK 8 over to HMAS Swan (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Travis, RAN), HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Cessnock (A/Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)).

HrMs Tromp and HMAS Arunta then reversed course to return to Sydney. (5)

24 May 1942
Very late in the evening, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN), arrived back at Sydney. (5)

25 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney to escort the Dutch merchant vessel Swartenhondt (4661 GRT, built 1924) northwards.

For the daily positions during the period of 25 May 1942 to 31 May 1942, see the map below.

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28 May 1942
At 0830 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) released the Dutch merchant vessel Swartenhondt (4661 GRT, built 1924) which she had been escorting northwards from Sydney.

Tromp then reversed course to return to Sydney. (5)

31 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Sydney. After fuelling she departed for yet another convoy mission.

Convoy ZK 9 was to be escorted northwards. This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; American Robert Gray (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Australian Katoomba (9424 GRT, built 1913), Ormiston (5815 GRT, built 1922) and Dutch Japara (3323, built 1930) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June). Besides Tromp they were escorted by the US destroyer USS Selfridge (Cdr. C.D. Reynolds, USN) and the Australian sloop HMAS Warrego (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, RAN). (5)

31 May 1942

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 31 May 1942 to 7 June 1942, see the map below.

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4 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), the American destroyer USS Selfridge (Cdr. C.D. Reynolds, USN), the American merchant Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942), the Australian merchant Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942) and the Dutch Japara (3323, built 1930) split off from the convoy off Rockhampton and proceeded towards that harbour.

After fuelling Tromp and Selfridge departed for Sydney later the same day.

7 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Sydney where she went to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard for repairs. (5)

15 Jun 1942
With her repairs completed HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. (5)

19 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney to escort the Australian auxiliary minelayer HMAS Bungaree (A/Cdr. N.K. Calder, RAN) to Nouméa, New Caledonia and back to Sydney.

For the daily positions during the period of 19 June 1942 to 2 July 1942, see the map below.

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24 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Australian auxiliary minelayer HMAS Bungaree (A/Cdr. N.K. Calder, RAN) arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia. (7)

27 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Australian auxiliary minelayer HMAS Bungaree (A/Cdr. N.K. Calder, RAN) departed Nouméa, New Caledonia for Sydney. (7)

2 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Australian auxiliary minelayer HMAS Bungaree (A/Cdr. N.K. Calder, RAN) arrived at Sydney. (7)

4 Jul 1942

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 4 July 1942 to 14 July 1942, see the map below.

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4 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney as escort for convoy ZK 11 that was to proceed to Fremantle. Convoy ZK 11 was made up of the Australian liner Duntroon (10346 GRT, built 1935) and the Australian Armed Merchant Cruisers HMAS Manoora (A/Capt. J.M. Armstrong, RAN) and HMAS Westralia (A/Capt. (emergency) H.V. Hudson, OBE, RAN).

The American destroyer USS Flusser ( Lt.Cdr. L.H. Miller, USN) was also part of the escort until 0600/5 when she returned to Sydney as previously ordered. (7)

14 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (7)

20 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle for Albany. (7)

22 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Albany. (7)

24 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Albany as escort for the US submarine tender USS Holland (Cdr. P.E. Pendelton, USN) and the US submarines USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd, USN) and USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney, USN). (7)

25 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), USS Holland (Cdr. P.E. Pendelton, USN) and the US submarines USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd, USN) and USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney, USN) arrived at Fremantle.

27 Jul 1942

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 27 July 1942 to 31 July 1942, see the map below.

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27 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort convoy ZK 12 part of the way from Fremantle to Sydney. Convoy ZK 12 was made up of the following ships; British passenger (troops) / cargo ships Athlone Castle (25564 GRT, built 1936), City of Canterbury (8421 GRT, built 1923), British cargo ships Dunedin Star (11168 GRT, built 1936), Martand (7967 GRT, built 1939), Australian liner (troopship) Duntroon (10346 GRT, built 1935) and the Australian Armed Merchant Cruisers HMAS Manoora (A/Capt. J.M. Armstrong, RAN) and HMAS Westralia (A/Capt. (emergency) H.V. Hudson, OBE, RAN).

Also part of the escort were the US light cruiser USS Phoenix (Capt. H.E. Fischer, USN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Robison DSC, RAN). (7)

29 Jul 1942
At 1100 hours, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Robison DSC, RAN), parted from convoy ZK 12. (7)

31 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

2 Aug 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle for a rendes-vous in the Indian Ocean with the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Stirling Castle (25550 GRT, built 1936) to take over the escort from the British light cruiser HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN).

For the daily positions during the period of 2 August 1942 to 10 August 1942, see the map below.

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6 Aug 1942
At 1015 hours, in position 32°05'N, 96°00'E, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) made rendes-vous with the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Stirling Castle (25550 GRT, built 1936) and her escort from the British light cruiser HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN). (7)

9 Aug 1942
At 1200 hours, in position 38°06'N, 115°44'E, HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) made rendes-vous with the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) and turned over the escort of the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Stirling Castle (25550 GRT, built 1936) to her. Tromp then set course to return to Fremantle. (7)

10 Aug 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived back at Fremantle. (7)

23 Aug 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) made a short A/S patrol off Fremantle. Possibly the US submarine USS Gar (Cdr. D. McGregor, USN) was briefly escorted part of the way south to Albany. Tromp returned to Fremantle later the same day. (7)

1 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to bolster the escort of convoy US 16 that was coming from Sydney. This convoy was made up of the British liner (troopship) Devonshire (11275 GRT, built 1939), passenger (troops) / cargo ships Rajula (8478 GRT, built 1926) and Aronda (8328 GRT, built 1941), their escort, if any, is currently unknown to us.

Tromp joined the escort of the convoy at 0845/2. (7)

3 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (7)

7 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Fremantle as escort for convoy US 17 that left Fremantle for Durban, South-Africa. This convoy was made up of the British liner (troopship) Felix Roussel (16774 GRT, built 1931, former French), Dutch liner (troopship) Westernland (16313 GRT, built 1918), American cargo ship Lillian Luckenbach (8739 GRT, built 1919) and British passenger / cargo ship Ekma (5128 GRT, built 1911).

For the daily positions during the period of 7 September 1942 to 14 September 1942, see the map below.

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11 Sep 1942
At 1140 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN), turned over the escort for convoy US 17 to the British heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, CBE, DSC, RN). Tromp then set course to return to Fremantle. (7)

14 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

24 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Fremantle for exercises. (7)

26 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

30 Sep 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. (7)

6 Oct 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle for Sydney via Melbourne.

For the daily positions during the period of 6 October 1942 to 16 October 1942, see the map below.

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12 Oct 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Melbourne. (7)

16 Oct 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Sydney for a maintenance period. (7)

20 Oct 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) is docked at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. (7)

28 Oct 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) is undocked. (7)

20 Nov 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted trails off Sydney. (7)

22 Nov 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for Melbourne.

For the daily positions during the period of 22 November 1942 to 11 December 1942, see the map below.

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25 Nov 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Williamstown, Melbourne. (7)

2 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Williamstown, Melbourne for Burnie, Tasmania. (7)

3 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Burnie, Tasmania. (7)

7 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Burnie, Tasmania for Sydney. (7)

11 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Sydney. (7)

12 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for Wellington, New Zealand escorting the British liner (troopship) Mauretania (35738, built 1939).

For the daily positions during the period of 12 December 1942 to 20 December 1942, see the map below.

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15 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Wellington. (7)

16 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Wellington for Melbourne. (7)

20 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Melbourne. (7)

22 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Melbourne for Fremantle. During this passage the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Nestor (14501 GRT, built 1913) was escorted.

For the daily positions during the period of 22 December 1942 to 30 December 1942, see the map below.

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30 Dec 1942
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (7)

2 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort the British passenger (troops) / cargo ship Nestor (14501 GRT, built 1913) southwards. (7)

3 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

5 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort the British liner (troopship) Ile de France (43548 GRT, built 1927, former French) when she was on passage near Fremantle. Tromp returned to Fremantle the following day.

HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Fremantle with Tromp and Ile de France but she was to remain with the troopship until position 05°00'N, 79°00'E. HMAS Adelaide was back in Fremantle on the 13th. (7)

6 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

8 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort the US cargo vessel Adabelle Lykes (5093 GRT, built 1942). (7)

9 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

11 Jan 1943
During 11 and 12 January 1943, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. E.J. van Holthe, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. (7)

15 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the US Navy cargo ship USS Gold Star (4871 GRT, built 1920).

For the daily positions during the period of 15 January 1943 to 18 January 1943, see the map below.

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16 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) relaesed the Australian passerger / cargo ship Reynella (9780 GRT, built 1926, former Italian Remo). She then was to make rendes-vous with the Australian passerger / cargo ship Reynella (9780 GRT, built 1926, former Italian Remo) but this ship failed to show up at the rendes-vous and Tromp eventually set course to return to Fremantle. (7)

18 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

20 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Fremantle. (7)

25 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the Dutch destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) and the US submarine USS Thresher (Cdr. W.J. Millican). (7)

27 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle for exercises about 100 nautical miles west off Rottnest Island together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. E.J. van Holthe, RNN) and HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN). (7)

29 Jan 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

1 Feb 1943

'Pamphlet' convoy, Suez - Sydney, 1 February to 27 February 1943.

This convoy, made up of the British liners (troopships) Queen Mary (81235 GRT, built 1936), Aquitania (45647 GRT, built 1914), Ile de France (43548 GRT, built 1927, former French), the Dutch liner (troopship) Nieuw Amsterdam (36287 GRT, built 1938) and the British auxiliary cruiser Queen of Bermuda (A/Capt. (retired) the Hon. Sir A.D. Cochrane, DSO, RN) (22575 GRT, built 1933) were transporting 30000 men of the Australian 9th Division from Suez to Melbourne and Sydney.

This convoy had departed Suez on 1 February 1943 and were escorted during their passage through the Red Sea by the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. B. Jones, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt.Cdr. W. Scott, DSC and Bar, RN), Derwent (Cdr. R.H. Wright, DSC, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, DSO, RHN).

The convoy was joined on the 4th by the British heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN).

Later the British light cruiser HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN) joined near Addu Atoll.

Around 0840 hours on 16 February 1943 the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) joined the convoy near postion 26°06'S, 101°09'E.

Around 2120 hours on 16 February 1943 the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. E.J. van Holthe, RNN) joined the convoy in approximate position 27°41'S, 104°35'E.

Around 2130 hours on 17 February 1943 the Dutch destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) joined the convoy in approximate position 30°30'S, 112°52'E.

In the afternoon of the 18th the convoy arrived off Fremantle.

In the evening of the 20th the convoy departed Fremantle now escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. E.J. van Holthe, RNN) and the Dutch destroyers HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). Tromp and Van Galen only remained with the convoy for a short period.

Around 1615 hours on the 24th the convoy was joined by the Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN) heavy cruiser HMAS Australia and the US destroyers USS Henley (Lt.Cdr. E.K. van Swearingen, USN) and USS Bagley (Lt.Cdr. T.E. Chambers, USN). The New Amsterdam escorted by HMAS Adelaide, HrMs Heemskerk and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes then departed the convoy and proceeded to Melbourne where they arrived arrived noon on the 25th. The other ships continued to Sydney.

In the afternoon of the 26th the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Heemskerck rejoined the convoy. Later in the afternoon the Free French destroyer Le Triomphant (Capt. P. Ortoli) also joined.

The convoy arrived at Sydney on the 27th.

2 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to make rendes-vous with the British aircraft transport HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR) in estimated position 33°52'S, 109°23'E in the afternoon of the following day and then to escort that vessel to Fremantle.

For the daily positions during the period of 2 February 1943 to 8 February 1943, see the map below.

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3 Feb 1943
Around 1400 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN), made rendes-vous with the British aircraft transport HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR) in position 33°42'S, 109°33'E. (7)

4 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle escorting the British aircraft transport HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR). (7)

6 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle escorting the British aircraft transport HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR) southwards until 1200/7. (7)

7 Feb 1943
At 1840 hours, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN), made rendes-vous with the British liner (troopship) Mauretania (35738, built 1939) to escort her to Fremantle. Later that evening the were joined by the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (7)

8 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle escorting the British liner (troopship) Mauretania (35738, built 1939). (7)

10 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle escorting the British liner (troopship) Mauretania (35738, built 1939). The escort was further made up of the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN). Both Dutch ships were to escort the Mauretania until dark this day. HMAS Adelaide was to remain with the Mauretania until near longtitude 100°E. (7)

11 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) retuned to Fremantle. (7)

13 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) departed Fremantle to join convoy 'Pamphlet' at sea.

[For more info on the Pamplet convoy see the event for 1 February 1943.]

For the daily positions during the period of 13 February 1943 to 23 February 1943, see the map below.

20 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle together with HMS Devonshire (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) to act as escort for the US troopship USS Monticello (Cdr. B.B. Lanier, USNR) (25661 GRT, built 1928, former Italian liner Conte Grande). (8)

23 Feb 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

3 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle as escort for convoy OW 2 (Fremantle - Colombo) which was made up of the US cargo ship Mormacdove (6711 GRT, built 1942) and the British Armed Merchant Cruiser Queen of Bermuda (A/Capt. (retired) the Hon. Sir A.D. Cochrane, DSO, RN) (22575 GRT, built 1933). The British light cruiser HMS Gambia (Capt. M.J. Mansergh, CBE, RN) also sailed from Fremantle on this day to provide distant cover for this convoy.

Due to some missing pages in the ships log no map for the daily positions during the period of 3 March 1943 to 6 March 1943 can be displayed. (8)

6 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

8 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle as escort for convoy OW 5 (Fremantle - Colombo) which was made up of the American cargo ships Cape CharlesFairisle (6165 GRT, built 1942). Tromp escorted the convoy until dark the following day. (8)

10 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

13 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort the American cargo ship Extavia (6535 GRT, built 1941). (8)

14 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

15 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with USS Grenadier (Cdr. J.A. Fitzgerald, USN). (8)

16 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with USS Isabel (Lt. F.D. Buckley, USN) and USS Grenadier (Cdr. J.A. Fitzgerald, USN). (8)

19 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle for exercises. (8)

21 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

23 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort (until dark this day) the British liner (troopship) Ile de France (43548 GRT, built 1927, former French) when she was on passage near Fremantle. (8)

24 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

26 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Fremantle. (8)

30 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (8)

31 Mar 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to briefly escort (until dark this day) the American cargo ship Carlos Carrillo (7176 GRT, built 1943). (8)

1 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

6 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Fremantle. (8)

13 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). (8)

20 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) and USS Gar (Cdr. P.D. Quirk, USN, USN). (8)

21 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with USS Gar (Cdr. P.D. Quirk, USN, USN). (8)

27 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to make rendes-vous with the US Naval tanker USS Trinity (Cdr. W.W. Angerer, USN) coming from the Persian Gulf and escort her to Fremantle.

For the daily positions during the period of 27 April 1943 to 30 April 1943, see the map below.

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28 Apr 1943
Around 1330 hours, in approximate position 29°00'S, 109°06'E, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) made rendes-vous with the US Naval tanker USS Trinity (Cdr. W.W. Angerer, USN). (8)

30 Apr 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

5 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. N.G. Weber, RANR(S)) and USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. R. Kefauver, USN). (8)

7 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with USS Tautog (Cdr. W.B. Sieglaff, USN) and USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. R. Kefauver, USN). (8)

8 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) until dark this day and then to return to Fremantle. (8)

9 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (8)

11 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN). (8)

12 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN). (8)

15 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the US Naval tanker USS Trinity (Cdr. W.W. Angerer, USN) on her way from Fremantle to the Persian Gulf until dark the following day. (8)

17 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

18 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN), HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) and the US submarine USS Grayling (Cdr. J.E. Lee, USN). (9)

19 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). (9)

20 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). (9)

21 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the British liner (troopship) Dominion Monarch (27155 GRT, built 1939) towards that port. Dominion Monarch was already escorted by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN). (9)

23 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

26 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort convoy US 19 which was made up of the Dutch liner (troopship) Nieuw Amsterdam (36287 GRT, built 1938) and the British liner (troopship) Dominion Monarch (27155 GRT, built 1939) until relieved by the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN). When near Fremantle the Dutch destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN) also escorted this convoy until longtitude 110°00'E.

For the daily positions during the period of 26 May 1943 to 2 June 1943, see the map below.

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29 May 1943
Around 1630 hours, near position 25°19'S, 91°00'E, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN), turned over the escort of convoy US 19 to the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN). (9)

2 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

8 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (9)

9 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN). (9)

17 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and USS Gar (Cdr. P.D. Quirk, USN, USN). (9)

18 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) briefly conducted exercises off Fremantle (9)

22 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted gunnery exercises off Fremantle. (9)

24 Jun 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to make rendes-vous with the Dutch liner (troopship) Nieuw Amsterdam (36287 GRT, built 1938).

Later this day Tromp was ordered to make rendes-vous with the American cargo ship William M. Gwin (7176 GRT, built 1943) to take off a member of the armed guard that was stricken with appendicitis.

For the daily positions during the period of 24 June 1943 to 1 July 1943, see the map below.

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25 Jun 1943
At 1150 hours, in position 30°06'S, 108°13'E, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN), made rendes-vous with the American cargo ship William M. Gwin (7176 GRT, built 1943) and took over a crewmember stricken with appendicitis. (9)

28 Jun 1943
Around 1400 hours, in position 24°31'S, 90°44'E, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN), made rendes-vous with the Dutch liner (troopship) Nieuw Amsterdam (36287 GRT, built 1938) and her escort the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN). HrMs Tromp then took over the escort from HMS Sussex. (9)

1 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

6 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (9)

7 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to proceed at high speed towards position 27.29'S, 106.29'E where the American cargo ship American Manufacturer (6678 GRT, built 1941) reported being attacked by an enemy submarine. This alert was later cancelled and Tromp was recalled to Fremantle. (9)

8 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

13 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle together with HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). (9)

14 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the US submarine USS Finback (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Tyree, Jr., USN). (9)

15 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the US submarine USS Finback (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Tyree, Jr., USN). (9)

22 Jul 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). (9)

28 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the US submarine USS Grayling (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Brinker, USN). (9)

30 Jul 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted gunnery control exercises off Fremantle. (9)

4 Aug 1943

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 4 August 1943 to 12 August 1943, see the map below.

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4 Aug 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort convoy US 19 which was made up of the Dutch cargo vessels Tarakan (8183 GRT, built 1930), Tawali (8152 GRT, built 1931), the American cargo ships Cape St.George (5105 GRT, built 1942), Cape Henlopen (5094 GRT, built 1942), ( GRT, built ) and the Norwegian cargo ship Tatra (4766 GRT, built 1937).

The Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) was also part of the escort until dark on the 5th. (9)

9 Aug 1943
Shortly after 1400 hours, in position 21°13'S, 93°04'E, HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was relieved as escort for convoy US 20 by the British light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN). (9)

12 Aug 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (9)

13 Sep 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted compass calibration trials off Fremantle. (10)

14 Sep 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN). (10)

22 Sep 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the Dutch liner (troopship) Nieuw Amsterdam (36287 GRT, built 1938) to Melbourne.

For the daily positions during the period of 22 September 1943 to 26 September 1943, see the map below.

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26 Sep 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) arrived at Melbourne. (10)

27 Sep 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) was docked at Melbourne. (10)

13 Oct 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) was undocked. (10)

25 Oct 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) departed Melbourne for Sydney. (10)

27 Oct 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Sydney. (10)

6 Nov 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) was fumigated at Sydney. (10)

25 Nov 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) departed Sydney for Melbourne.

For the daily positions during the period of 25 November 1943 to 6 December 1943, see the map below.

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27 Nov 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Melbourne. (10)

29 Nov 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Melbourne. (10)

30 Nov 1943
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Melbourne. (10)

1 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Melbourne. (10)

2 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Melbourne for Fremantle. (10)

6 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (10)

10 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle to make rendes-vous with the US Army transport (troopship) Uruguay (20325 GRT, built 1928). (10)

11 Dec 1943
Around 1300 hours, in position 06°29'S, 116°51'E, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), made rendez-vous with the US Army transport (troopship) Uruguay (20325 GRT, built 1928). (10)

12 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (10)

15 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with the US submarine USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN). (10)

16 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Fremantle. (10)

20 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle to make rendes-vous with the British liner (troopship) Mooltan (20847 GRT, built 1923). (10)

21 Dec 1943
Around 1230 hours, in position 30°30'S, 109°09'E, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), made rendez-vous with the the British liner (troopship) Mooltan (20847 GRT, built 1923). (10)

22 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (10)

23 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle to escort the British liner (troopship) Mooltan (20847 GRT, built 1923) southwards until 0700/24. (10)

24 Dec 1943
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Fremantle. (10)

4 Jan 1944

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 4 January 1944 to 13 January 1944, see the map below.

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4 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle for Colombo where she was to join the Eastern Fleet. During the passege Tromp acted as escort for the British escort carrier HMS Patroller (Capt. A.I. Robertson, RNR). (10)

12 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) and the British escort carrier HMS Patroller (Capt. A.I. Robertson, RNR) were joined by the Australian destroyers HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN) and HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN). (10)

13 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Colombo. (10)

19 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (10)

20 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (10)

25 Jan 1944
During 25/26 January 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. F.J. Wylie, RN). (10)

31 Jan 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Trincomalee together with the British submarine HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN). (10)

1 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (10)

3 Feb 1944
During 3/4 February 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British destroyers HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN), HMS Paladin (Lt. E.A.S. Bailey DSC, MBE, RN) and HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN). (10)

8 Feb 1944
During 8/9 February 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British destroyer HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN). (10)

9 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee.

She departed again later the same day for high speed runs near Trincomalee. During one of these runs Trump hit a submerged object with her propellers.

After Tromp had returned to Trincomalee upon completing her high speed runs a diver was sent down to have a look at the propellers which were found to be damaged. (10)

10 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee together with the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN and flagship of Vice Admiral A.J. Power, KCB, CVO, RN and second in command of the Eastern Fleet), the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN), the British light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. F.J. Wylie, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN).

They proceeded to the north-east to give the Japanese the impression that they were to preform a raid against the coast of Burma. A fake signal was sent to bolster this. Course was reversed the next day and exercises were then carried out during that day and the next days.

For the daily positions during the period of 10 February 1944 to 14 February 1944, see the map below.

14 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (10)

21 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo where she was to dock to repair the damage to her propellers. (10)

22 Feb 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Colombo. (10)

1 Mar 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is docked at Colombo. (10)

7 Mar 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is undocked. (10)

8 Mar 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted trials off Colombo. (10)

10 Mar 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (10)

11 Mar 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (10)

15 Mar 1944
During 15/16 March 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), the Australian destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN), HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN) and the Dutch destroyers HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN), HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Cox, RNN). (10)

19 Mar 1944

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 19 March 1944 to 2 April 1944, see the map below.

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19 Mar 1944

Operation Diplomat

The Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee to escort the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers Arndale (8296 GRT, built 1937), Eaglesdale (8032 GRT, built 1942) and Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942).

These tankers were to refuel the ships from the Eastern Fleet that were to participate in operation Diplomat. During operation Diplomat the Eastern Fleet proceeded to the south-west of Cocos Island where the US aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (Capt. J.H. Cassady, USN) and the US destroyers USS Cummings (Cdr. P.D. Williams, USN), USS Dunlap (Cdr. C. Iverson, USN) and USS Fanning (Cdr. R.M. MacKinnon, USN).

The ships of the Eastern Fleet that participated in operation Diplomat were; the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN), HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN), the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN), the British heavy cruisers HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. F.J. Butler, RN), the British light cruiser HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN), HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN), the Australian destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), the Dutch destroyers HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Cox, RNN).

On 24 March 1944, the Eastern Fleet met Tromp and the tankers at 0930 hours in position 07°57'S, 82°14'E and during the next three days they experienced good weather. Ships were fuelled as follows;

24 March 1944
Easedale - HMS Renown
Arndale - HMS Valiant and HMS Ceylon
Eaglesdale - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMNZS Gambia

25 March 1944
Easedale - HMS Quilliam, HMS Queenborough, HMAS Quiberon, HMS Quality and HMS Pathfinder
Arndale - HMS Illustrious and HrMs Tromp
Eaglesdale - HMS London, HMS Cumberland, HMAS Napier, HMAS Nepal and HMAS Norman

26 March 1944
Easedale - HMS Pathfinder, HrMs Van Galen, HMS Quiberon and HMAS Norman
Eaglesdale - HMAS Napier, HMS Quilliam, HMS Queensborough, HMS Quality and HMAS Nepal

Tanker Arndale had been detached after fuelling on the 25th escorted by HrMS Tjerk Hiddes which was suffering from defects. The other two oilers were detached after fuelling on the 26th still escorted by HrMs Tromp. (11)

2 Apr 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (10)

11 Apr 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted A/S exercises together with HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN).

Later the same day (actually until 0700/12) HrMs Tromp carried out exercises together with the British heavy cruisers HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. F.J. Butler, RN) and the British light cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, DSO, RN), HMS Nigeria (Capt. S.H. Paton, RN) and the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN). (10)

12 Apr 1944
After completing exercises off Trincomalee, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), returned to that harbour. (10)

16 Apr 1944

Operation Cockpit,
Carrier raid against Sabang by the Eastern Fleet.

On 16 April 1944 the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon in two task forces;
Task Force 69, which was made up of the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN and flagship of Admiral Sommerville, CinC Eastern Fleet), HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Lambert), the British light cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, DSO, RN), HMS Nigeria (Capt. S.H. Paton, RN), HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Penn (Lt. M.J.W. Pawsey, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, DSO, RN), the Australian destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMAS Nepal (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN), HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN). HMS Ceylon and HMNZS Gambia joined to Task Force 70 on the 18th to bolster the AA defences of that Task Force.

Task Force 70, which was made up of the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN and flagship of Vice Admiral A.J. Power, KCB, CVO, RN, second in command of the Eastern Fleet), the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN), the US aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (Capt. J.H. Cassady, USN), the the British heavy cruisers HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) and the US destroyers USS Cummings (Cdr. P.D. Williams, USN), USS Dunlap (Cdr. C. Iverson, USN) and USS Fanning (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Bentley, USN).

During the forenoon of the 17th the four 'N' class and two 'P' class destroyers of Force 69 were fuelled by HMS Newcastle, HMS Nigeria, HMS Ceylon, HMNZS Gambia. The three 'Q' class destroyers from Force 70 were fuelled by HMS Renown and HMS London.

On the 18th HMS Ceylon and HMNZS Gambia were transferred from Force 69 to Force 70 to bolster the latters AA defence. (On the 19th HMS Nigeria replaced HMS Ceylon in this force as HMS Ceylon had problems with one shaft and could only make 24 knots.) At sunset Force 70 was detached so as to arrive at the flying off position for the aircraft at 0530/19.

At 0530/19 the carriers launched 46 bombers and 37 fighters (17 Barracudas and 13 Corsairs from HMS Illustrious and 11 Avenges, 18 Dauntless and 24 Hellcats from USS Saratoga) to attack Sabang and nearby airfields. Besides that 12 fighters were launched to patrol overhead of both Task forces.

The enemy was taken completely by surprise and 24 Japanese aircraft were destroyed on the ground. Only 1 fighter, a Hellcat from the Saratogs, was lost on the Allied side and it's pilot was rescued out of the water by the British submarine HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN). All aircraft, except the one lost, had returned to the carriers by 0930 hours after which both task forces retired to the west. The Japanese tried to attack the Allied task force with three torpedo bombers but these were shot down by Allied fighter aircraft at 1010 hours.

At Sabang the Japanese merchants Kunitsu Maru (2722 GRT, built 1937) and Haruno Maru (775 GRT, built 1927, former Dutch Kidoel) were sunk by the Allied aircraft while the Japanese minelayer Hatsutaka was damaged.

At 0800 hours on the 20th the fleet set course to return to Trincomalee. The cruisers and destroyer meanwhile carried out attack exercises. (12)

16 Apr 1944

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 16 April 1944 to 21 April 1944, see the map below.

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21 Apr 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (10)

24 Apr 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted A/S exercises together with HMS Templar (Lt. T.G. Ridgeway, RN).

Later the same day (actually until 0900/25) Tromp carried out exercises together with the British heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), the British light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. S.H. Paton, RN) and the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN). (10)

25 Apr 1944
After completing exercises off Trincomalee, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), returned to that harbour. (10)

4 May 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted gunnery and A/S exercises off Trincomalee. The A/S exercises were together with the British submarine HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR). (10)

6 May 1944

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 6 May 1944 to 27 May 1944, see the map below.

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6 May 1944

Operation Transom,
Carrier raid against Surabaya by the Eastern Fleet.

On 6 May 1944 the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon in two task forces;
Task Force 65, which was made up of the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN and flagship of Admiral Sommerville, CinC Eastern Fleet), HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Merveilleux du Vignaux), the British light cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, DSO, RN), HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Penn (Lt. M.J.W. Pawsey, RN), the Australian destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN), HMAS Nepal (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNN).

Task Force 66, which was made up of the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN and flagship of Vice Admiral A.J. Power, KCB, CVO, RN, second in command of the Eastern Fleet) (went to Task Force 65 the next day), the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. R.L.B. Cunliffe, RN), the US aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (Capt. J.H. Cassady, USN), the British light cruiser HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) and the US destroyers USS Cummings (Cdr. P.D. Williams, USN), USS Dunlap (Cdr. C. Iverson, USN) and USS Fanning (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Bentley, USN).

On 10 May 1944, the Dutch light cruiser Tromp and the destroyers were fuelled at sea by the capital ships and the cruisers. During fuelling from HMS Valiant the Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen sustained some minor damage (fractured hull plate on her port side) but the crew of the Van Galen was able to effect emergency repairs.

On 15 May 1944, task forces 65 and 66 were fuelled at Exmouth Gulf, Australia by Task Force 67 which was made up of of six Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers; Eaglesdale (8032 GRT, built 1942), Echodale (8150 GRT, built 1941), Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942), Arndale (8296 GRT, built 1937), Pearleaf (5911 GRT, built 1917), Appleleaf (5891 GRT, built 1917) and supplyship (used as distilling ship) Bacchus (3154 GRT, built 1936). This force had already left Trincomalee on 30 April and was escorted by the British heavy cruisers HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. A.S. Russell, DSO, RN). They had also been escorted near Ceylon by a local escort for A/S purposes, this local escort had been made up of the British destroyer HMS Rotherham, Dutch destroyer HrMs Van Galen and the British frigate HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR). The local escort returned to Ceylon on 5 May 1944. The two cruisers mentioned above now joined Task Force 66. Later this day Task Forces 65 and 66 went to sea again for the actual attack on Surabaya. On leaving Exmouth Gulf the fleet was spotted by the merhant vessel Aroona. This ship was now instructed to put into Exmouth Gulf and was held there by HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdale, OBE, RAN) for 24 hours and to impress on the master and crew of this vessel the necessity of not disclosing any information concerning the Fleet on the arrival of their ship at Fremantle (their next port of call).

In the early morning hours of the 17th the carriers launched 45 dive bombers and 40 fighters for an attack on the harbour and oil installations (Wonokromo oil refeniry) of Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies. (USS Saratoga: 12 Avengers (1 had to return with engine trouble shortly after being launched), 18 Dauntless, 24 Hellcats; HMS Illustrious: 18 Avengers (2 of which force landed in the sea shortly after being launched), 16 Corsairs). On the ground they destroyed 12 enemy aircraft (20 were claimed). The damage to the harbour and shipping were over estimated (10 ships were thought to have been hit) as in fact only the small transport ship Shinrei Maru (987 GRT, built 1918) was sunk and patrol vessel P 36, auxiliary submarine chasers CHa-107 and CHa-108, tanker Yosei Maru (2594 GRT, built 1928, former Dutch Josefina) and cargo ships Choka Maru (???? GRT, built ????) and Tencho Maru (2716 GRT, built 1919) were damaged.

On the 18th the US ships were released. The other ships then proceeded to Exmouth Gulf where they arrived to fuel the next day before starting on the return trip to Ceylon less destroyer HMAS Quiberon which was to refit in Australia and was sent to Fremantle.

On 23 May 1944, the Dutch light cruiser Tromp and the destroyers were fuelled at sea by the capital ships and the cruisers.

Task Force 65 and 66 arrived back at Trincomalee on the 27th.

During this operation several US Submarine guarded the passages to the Indian Ocean to spot a possible Japanese counter attack. The submarines deployed for this purpose were the following; In the Sunda Strait from 12 to 23 May 1944; USS Angler (Cdr. R. I. Olsen, USN) and USS Gunnel (Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr., USN).
South of Lombok Strait from 13 to 20 May 1944; USS Cabrilla (Cdr. W.C. Thompson, Jr., USN) and also the USS Bluefish (Cdr. C.M. Henderson, USN) from 13 May until the night of the 16th.
South of Bali Strait from 17 to 20 May; USS Bluefish.
North of Bali Strait; USS Puffer (Cdr. F.G. Selby, USN) during the night of 16/17 May.

The following US Submarines were deployed in the Surabaya area for air/sea rescue duties; USS Puffer in the Madura Strait about 40 miles to the east of Surabaya.
USS Rasher (Cdr. W.R. Laughton, USN) in the Java Sea about 40 miles to the north of Surabaya. (13)

27 May 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (10)

5 Jun 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. (10)

6 Jun 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Colombo. (10)

16 Jun 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (10)

17 Jun 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (10)

23 Jun 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises, including A/S exercises, off Trincomalee together with the British destroyer HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, DSO, DSC, RN) and the British submarine HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). The exercises with HMS Petard were completed at 0600/24 and then HrMs Tromp returned to Trincomalee. (14)

29 Jun 1944
During 29/30 June 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises together with the British light cruisers HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN) and HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN).

In between A/S exercises were carried out on the 29th with the British submarine HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) and the British destroyer HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN). (15)

4 Jul 1944
During 4/5 July 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises together with the British light cruisers HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. S.M. Raw, CBE, RN) and the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN). Later the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. the Viscount Jocelyn, RN) also joined. (15)

5 Jul 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee upon completion of the exercises. (15)

11 Jul 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN). (15)

19 Jul 1944
During 19/20 July 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises together with the British light cruisers HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) and the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN). (15)

22 Jul 1944

Operation Crimson,
Carrier raid and surface bombardment against Sabang, Netherlands East Indies by the Eastern Fleet.

On 22 July 1944 the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon. The ships that participated in this sortie were; the British battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN), HMS Valiant (Capt. G.E.M. O’Donnell, DSO, RN), the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN and flagship of Vice Admiral A.J. Power, KCB, CVO, RN, second in command of the Eastern Fleet), the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Merveilleux du Vignaux), the British aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious (Capt. C.E. Lambe, RN), HMS Victorious (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, CBE, RN), the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN), HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. S.M. Raw, CBE, RN), the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN), HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN), HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, DSC, RN), HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. the Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN).

The British submarines HMS Templar () and HMS Tantalus () were deployed for air/sea rescue duties.

In the early hours of the 25th the carriers, HMS Illustrious and HMS Victorious, separated from the fleet under the escort of HMS Phoebe, HMS Roebuck and HMS Raider, and launched a total of 34 fighter aircraft to attack airfields in the area (18 Corsairs from HMS Illustrious and 16 Corsairs from HMS Victorious). One Corsair fighter was damaged by AA fire from the enemy and crashed into the sea, the pilot was picked up by HMS Nigeria. Five other Corsairs were damaged by AA fire but managed to return to the carriers. Two of these could be repaired on board, the other three were too badly damaged for effective repairs.

The battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Valiant, Richelieu, battlecruiser HMS Renown, heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland, light cruisers HMS Nigeria, HMS Kenya, HMS Ceylon, HMS Phoebe HMNZS Gambia and the destroyers HMS Rotherham, HMS Relentless, HMS Racehorse, HMS Rocket and HMS Rapid then commenced a bombardment of the Sabang area. They fired a total of 294 - 15", 134 - 8", 324 - 6", ca. 500 - 4.7" and 123 - 4" shells.

Then the Dutch cruiser HrMs Tromp entered Sabang Bay, her rightful waters, with the British destroyers HMS Quilliam, HMS Quality and the Australian destroyer HMAS Quickmatch. In all these four ships fired a total of 8 Torpedos and 208 - 6", 717 - 4.'7" and 668 x 4" shells. Japanese shore batteries obtained 4 hits on the Tromp while Quilliam and Quality were both hit once. The hit by what was thought to be a 3” shell on Quilliam caused minor structural damage but killed one petty officer and wounded four ratings. Quality was hit by what is thought to be a 5” shell which hit the tripod foremast and HA director. One war correspondent was killed and one officer and eight retings were wounded, some of them seriously. Tromp was hit by two 5” and two 3” shells but was lucky that none of these exploded !!!, she suffered only minor structural damage and no deaths or even wounded amongst her crew.

Later that day 13 fighters from the carriers intercepted a Japanese counter attack with 10 aircraft. 7 of these were shot down for no losses of their own. (16)

22 Jul 1944

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 22 July 1944 to 27 July 1944, see the map below.

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27 Jul 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (15)

17 Aug 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee as escort for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942).

This tanker was put to sea to refuel the ships that were to participate in the upcoming operation 'Banquet'.

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 19 August 1944 to 27 August 1944, see the map below.

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19 Aug 1944

Operation Banquet,
Carrier raid against Padang, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies by ships of the Eastern Fleet.

On 19 July 1944 ships from the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon. The Task Force was called Force 64 and was made up of the following ships; British aircraft carriers HMS Victorious (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Indomitable (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN), the British battleship HMS Howe (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, DSO, RN), the British light cruisers HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN), HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, DSC, RN), HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN), HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN).

On the 17th the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942 escorted by the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) had already gone to sea to be in a position to refuel ships from Force 64 on the 22th.

On the 24th the carriers launched aircraft to attack Padang. They claimed to have sunk a transport and to have damaged two more transports. (17)

27 Aug 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (15)

28 Aug 1944
During 28/29 August 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN) and the New Zealand light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN). Later the British battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) and the British destroyer HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and the Australian destroyers HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) also joined. (15)

29 Aug 1944
Upon completion of the exercises, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), returned to Trincomalee. (15)

1 Sep 1944
During 1/2 September 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (15)

2 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. She departed for Colombo later the same day. (15)

3 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Colombo. (15)

14 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (15)

15 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (15)

21 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (15)

22 Sep 1944
During 22/23 September 1944, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (15)

25 Sep 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle, Australia.

For the daily positions during the period of 25 September 1944 to 14 October 1944, see the map below.

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5 Oct 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (15)

8 Oct 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle for Sydney. (15)

14 Oct 1944
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Sydney. (15)

17 Jan 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is docked at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. (15)

26 Jan 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is undocked. (15)

17 Feb 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is fumigated at Sydney. This completed her refit. (15)

24 Feb 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Sydney for Melbourne. (15)

25 Feb 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Melbourne. (15)

28 Feb 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Melbourne. Later the same day she departed for Fremantle.

For the daily positions during the period of 28 February 1945 to 14 March 1945, see the map below.

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4 Mar 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Fremantle. (15)

6 Mar 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Fremantle for Trincomalee. (15)

14 Mar 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (15)

21 Mar 1945
During 21/22 March 1945, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the British light cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. J.G. Roper, OBE, RN), HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN) and HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN). The cruisers were later joined by three destroyers. (15)

22 Mar 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (15)

27 Mar 1945
During 27/28 March 1945, HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Merveilleux du Vignaux), the British heavy cruiser HMS London (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the British light cruiser HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN). (15)

5 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (15)

11 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. (15)

12 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Colombo where she was docked later the same day. (15)

20 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) was undocked and immediately departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (15)

21 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (15)

27 Apr 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee together with the British heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HrMs Tromp and HMS Suffolk both joined Task Force 63.

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 27 April 1945 to 9 May 1945, see the map below.

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27 Apr 1945

Operation Bishop,
Carrier raid and surface bombardment of Car Nicobar and Port Blair and to provide cover for Operation Dracula which are amphibious landings off Rangoon, Burma.

On 27 April 1945 ships from the Eastern Fleet put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon for operation Bishop. These ships formed Task Force 63. This task force was, at that moment, made up of the following ships;
British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN), the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Merveilleux du Vignaux), the British escort carriers HMS Shah (Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN) and HMS Empress (Capt. J.R.S. Brown, RN), the British heavy cruisers HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN), HMS Suffolk (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), British light cruiser HMS Ceylon (Capt. G.B. Amery-Parkes, RN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Tartar (Capt. B. Jones, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN). Two more destroyers were sent out to join this task force later; HMS Nubian (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) and HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, DSC, RN). These two destroyers actually joined on the 29th.

An oiling force (Task Force 69), made up of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers Olwen (6470 GRT, built 1917) and Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942) escorted by the British destroyer HMS Paladin (Lt. H.R. Hewlett, RN) had departed Trinomalee on the 26th. HrMs Tromp and the destroyers were fuelled from this force on the 29th.

At dawn on the 30th air attacks were carried out against Car Nicobar followed by a bombardment of the airfields At 0600/30, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Cumberland opened fire on the southern and northern airfields respectively from a range of 18000 yards Both ships soon found the range and it was not possible for any aircraft to take off after the bombardment. HMS Suffolk and HMS Ceylon then bombarded enemy AA positions. Shortly after sunrise around 0700 hours the destroyers HMS Rotherham, HMS Nubian and HMS Verulam started to bombard the settlement of Malacca. Soon afterwards a large fire, thought to be petrol, was seen near the jetty and another on one the southern airfield. At 0710 hours cease fire was ordered and a fighter strike was then commenced. They dropped bombs on and then strafed the airfields. At 0735 hours, after the fighter strike was over, the battleshios HMS Queen Elizabeth and Richelieu opened fire to crater the runways. They continued to fire on the runways until 0805 and 0809 respectively. Capt. (D) 11th destroyer flotilla on board HMS Rotherham meanwhile reported that the jetty at Malacca had been severly damaged and that two steam coasters and five small vessels had been destroyed.

At 1530/30, Richelieu, HMS Cumberland and HMS Rotherham were sent ahead to bombard Port Blair while on a northerly course. At 1730 hours Richelieu opened fire on the southern airfield and Cumberland on a coastal battery. Both firings were spotted by Hellcat fighters from the escort carriers. Later HMS Rotherham also engaged coastal batteries but from a closer range. Around 1835 hours these ships completed their bombardment but then HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Suffolk, HrMs Tromp, HMS Tartar and HMS Penn took over. Queen Elizabeth engaged the airfields while Suffolk worked over the marine yards with the same aircraft that had spotted for Richelieu and Cumberland. The other three ships engaged shore batteries. By the time the bombardment ceased after about 40 minutes the airfields were well cratered and hits were obtained on a lot of other targets. After the bombardment HrMs Tromp reported that she had seven wounded, two seriously (they both died later) from two near misses, at least that was thought at that moment. Later investigation however showed that the explosion was caused by American manufactured defective ammunition and not by enemy fire. Both bombarding forces then retired to the south an re-joined the escort carriers which had provided them with fighter cover during their bombardments.

During the night all ships proceeded southwards so as to bombard Car Nicobar a second time at dawn. At 0720/1 HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Suffolk opened fire on their target. After cratering the northern airfield Queen Elizabeth shifted target to the southern airfield at 0741 hours and carried out yet another effective shoot. At 0755 hours both ships ceased fire. HMS Cumberland and HMS Ceylon then took over. The French battleship Richelieu however did not participate in the bombardment this time as she had already expended her ammunition allowance. Cumberland enganged targets at/near the northern airfield and HMS Ceylon did the same working over the southern airfield. HMS Tartar was sent ahead to bombard the jetty at and targets in the village of Malacca. At 0915 hours all ships were again in one force and course was set to the north to conduct another bombardment of Port Blair but this time approaching from the north.

At 0800/2 HMS Queen Elizabeth opened fire on the runways of the airports and HMS Suffolk on coastal batteries. Again considerable damage was done to the airports and also a large petrol fire was started at one of them. At 0845 hours Richelieu (firing 6” from her secondary armament at the marine jetty) and HMS Cumberland took over. HMS Rotherham was ordered to take out an AA battery that was firing at the spotter aircraft and in this she succeded.

In the afternoon a signal was received that the landing off Rangoon had been successful and without opposition. The force now retired to the north-east for her cover position during operation Dracula.

On 4 May rendes-vous was again made with the oiling force and all ships were fueled by the Olwen. HMS Penn then remained with the Olwen while HMS Paladin joined Task Force 64.

On 6 May bombardments and air strikes were again carried out in the Port Blair area. As of 0700/6 Empress started to launch fourteen Hellcats while Shah launched eight Avengers and four Hellcats. At 0800 hours, HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Suffolk, HrMs Tromp and HMS Paladin opened fire on AA and coastal batteries in the vicinity of Phoenix Harbour, Hopetown Island and Ross Island in order to neutralise these defences for the air strike. At 0814 hours the air strike leaded ordered cease fire and a few minutes later the aircraft started attacking shipping inside Port Blair harbour. One aircraft was hit by enemy AA fire and failed to return to it’s carrier. HMS Tartar made a search for it but was unable to locate the aircraft or it’s pilot.

At 1730/6 HMS Queen Elizabeth bombarded a 6” gun known to be at Stewart Sound. The bombardment was completed at 1809 hours. HMS Suffolk meanwhile bombarded a pillbox on Sound Island with her 4” armament and appeared to have set the target on fire.

On 7 May another air attack was made on Car Nicobar by the carriers with a total of 10 Hellcats. With this air attack over course was set to return to Trincomalee.

Task Force 63 returned to Trincomalee on 9 May. (18)

10 May 1945

For the daily positions of HrMs Tromp during the period of 10 May 1945 to 18 May 1945, see the map below.

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10 May 1945

Operation Dukedom,
Intercepting Japanese surface ships trying to evacuate troops from the Andaman Islands.

On 8 May 1945 a report was received from two British submarines on patrol in the Malacca Strait (HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) that they had sighted a Japanese heavy cruiser and a destroyer proceeding to the north-west. The Eastern Fleet was already on alert due to intelligence and ships from the Eastern Fleet immediately (around 0700 hours) put to sea from Trincomalee, Ceylon for operation Dukedom. These ships formed Task Force 61. This task force was, at that moment, made up of the following ships;
British battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. R.M. Ellis, DSO, RN), the French battleship Richelieu (Capt. Merveilleux du Vignaux), the British escort carriers HMS Hunter (Capt. A.D. Torlesse, RN), HMS Khedive (A/Capt. D.H. Magnay, RN), HMS Shah (Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN), HMS Emperor (Capt. Sir C. Madden, RN), the British heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt. P.K. Enright, RN), the British light cruiser HMS Royalist (Capt. W.G. Brittain, CBE, RN), the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) and the British destroyers HMS Saumarez (Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. H.G.D. De Chair, DSC with Bar, RN), HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, DSC, RN), HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, DSC, RN), HMS Rotherham (Capt. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Nubian (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN) and HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN). This latter destroyer however had to return due to defects.

The British destroyer HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, DSC, RN) sailed at 1700 hours to overtake and then join the Task Force. She was joined by HMS Tartar (Capt. B. Jones, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) as substitute for HMS Penn whose defects could not be repaired in time. Verulam and Tartar eventually joined the Task Force at 1505/11.

Most ships of the Task Force had only returned from the previous operation the day before and for instance HMS Queen Elizabeth had only 50% ammunition for her 15” guns on board. Also HMS Emperor and HMS Khedive were not fully fueled.

The same day the tanker Easedale (8032 GRT, built 1942) departed Trincomalee escorted by the British destroyer HMS Paladin (Lt. H.R. Hewlett, RN) (Force 70) to provide fuel for the smaller ships of Force 61.

At 1940/11 a fast attack force, made up of Richelieu, HMS Cumberland and the destroyer of the 26th Destroyer Flotilla; HMS Saumarez, HMS Venus, HMS Verlulam, HMS Viliglant and HMS Virago were ordered to proceed ahead to about 50 miles from the Task Force to be in a better position to intercept the reported Japanese heavy cruiser.

In the early afternoon of the 12th an air strike with four Hellcats was carried out against airfields on Car Nicobar Island. One Japanese aircraft was seen to go up in flames.

Also on the 12th submarine HMS Statesman reported that the Japanese cruiser and it's escort were returning to Singapore most likely to Force 61 being sighted the previous day by a Japanese aircraft.

During the 13th all destroyers of the Task Force fueled from HMS Emperor, HMS Hunter and HMS Shah. Besides that Task Force 62 was sent out from Trincomalee. This Task Force was made up of the British light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. H.A. King, DSO, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Roebuck (Cdr. C.D. Bonham-Carter, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. J.J. Casement, DSC, RN) and HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. F.W.M. Carter, DSC, RN). HMS Rocket (Lt.Cdr. H.B. Acworth, OBE, RN), which was escorting a convoy, was ordered to leave her convoy and then join this Task Force. Also sailed was Task Force 67, made up of Royal Fleet Auxiliary oiler Olwen escorted by HMS Penn, which by now had completed repairs on her defects.

On the 14th HrMs Tromp was sent ahead to fuel from Task Force 70. Late in the evening the remainder of Task Force 61 arrived at the rendez-vous with Task Force 70.

On the 15th the enemy cruiser and destroyer were sighted by an aircraft from HMS Shah. They were again proceeding to the south-east. Shortly afterwards the enemy was also sighted by a patrolling Liberator aircraft which began shadowing the enemy. At 1500 hours three Avenger aircraft attacked the cruiser.

The 26th destroyer flottila, made up of HMS Saumarez, HMS Venus, HMS Verulam, HMS Vigilant and HMS Vigaro were ordered to intercept the enemy after dark. At 1500 hours they were 85 miles from the position of the enemy.

Around midnight the destroyers made radar contact on the cruiser. They then attacked from all directions with torpedoes. About eight hits were scored and the cruiser was sunk. During the attack HMS Saumarez was hit three times with 8" shells. Two ratings were killed on one boiler room was put out of action. The destroyers rejoined the task force at 1000/16. HMS Virago had only 17% fuel left, the other destroyers between that and 30%. HMS Virago and HMS Venus had to fuel from the escort carriers as they could not make it to the oiling force without doing so.

In the evening of the 16th the Task Force was attacked by Japanese aircraft. HMS Virago was near missed and suffered four ratings killed, five ratings severely wounded and thirteen other casualties. She was also listing slightly due to splinter damage.

At 1000/17 the following ships were detached to return to Trincomalee; Richelieu, HMS Nigeria, HMS Royalist, HrMs Tromp, HMS Khedive, HMS Shah and HMS Racehorce.

1740 hours, the 26th Destroyer Flotilla was also detached to return to Trincomalee. By this time all the destroyers of this flotilla had fueled from Force 70.

The remaining ships were ordered to return to Trincomalee at 2130/19. (19)

18 May 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) returned to Trincomalee. (15)

24 May 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Trincomalee for Fremantle, Australia. This was later changed to Darwin, Australia.

For the daily positions during the period of 24 May 1945 to 14 June 1945, see the map below.

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2 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Darwin. (15)

4 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Darwin for Manus. (15)

9 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Seeadler Harbour, Manus Island. (20)

11 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Seeadler Harbour, Manus for Morotai. (20)

14 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Morotai. (20)

17 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Morotai for Balikpapan.

For the daily positions during the period of 17 June 1945 to 8 July 1945, see the map below.

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19 Jun 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived off Balikpapan where she joined Task Force 74.2 which was made up of the US light cruisers USS Montpelier (Capt. W.A. Gorry, USN), USS Denver (Capt. T.F. Darden, USN), USS Cleveland (Capt. H.G. Hopwood, USN), USS Columbia (Capt. M.E. Curts, USN) escorted by the destroyers USS Conway (Cdr. J.H. Besson, Jr., USN), USS Cony (Cdr. A.W. Moore, USN), USS Eaton (Cdr. C. Brown, USN), USS Stevens (Cdr. G.W. Pressey, USN), USS Albert W. Grant (Cdr. G.S. Higginbotham, USN), USS Killen (Cdr. J.L. Semmes, USN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, DSO, RAN) which was one of the Task Forces that provided cover during the operation off Balikpapan. (21)

21 Jun 1945
During the day HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) four times bombarded Japanese shore guns that had opened fire on US minesweepers off Balikpapan. (21)

25 Jun 1945
During the day HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) three times bombarded Japanese targets on the shore in the Balikpapan area. (21)

27 Jun 1945
In the morning HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) bombarded Japanese shore guns off Balikpapan.

Later that day Tromp joined Task Force 74.1 which was made up of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Shropshire (Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, MVO, DSO, RN), the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. R.S. Dowling, RAN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. A.E. Buchanan, DSO, RAN) and the US destroyers USS Hart (Cdr. W.D. Coleman, USN) and USS Metcalf (Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). (21)

28 Jun 1945
In the morning HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) bombarded Japanese shore guns off Balikpapan. (21)

30 Jun 1945
In the morning HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) bombarded Japanese shore guns off Balikpapan. (21)

1 Jul 1945
In the morning HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted a shore bombardment shortly before the Allied landings near Balikpapan. (21)

6 Jul 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) conducted a shore bombardment on Japanese troops and a battery to aid Allied troops on land.

Later that day Tromp departed the Balikpapan area for Morotai. (21)

8 Jul 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Morotai. (20)

17 Jul 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Morotai for Seeadler Harbour, Manus.

For the daily positions during the period of 17 July 1945 to 20 July 1945, see the map below.

(20)

20 Jul 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Seeadler Harbour, Manus. (20)

14 Aug 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Seeadler Harbour, Manus for Tarakan, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies.

For the daily positions during the period of 14 August 1945 to 23 August 1945, see the map below.

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15 Aug 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) is ordered to return to Seeadler Harbour, Manus. (20)

16 Aug 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived back at Seeadler Harbour, Manus. (20)

17 Aug 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) departed Seeadler Harbour, Manus for Sydney, Australia. (20)

23 Aug 1945
HrMs Tromp (A/Capt. F. Stam, RNN) arrived at Sydney, Australia.

Early September Tromp departed Sydney for the Dutch East Indies. (20)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
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  3. File 2.12.03.6847 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. File 2.12.03.6848 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. File 2.12.03.6849 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
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  7. File 2.12.03.6850 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. File 2.12.03.6851 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  9. File 2.12.03.6852 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. File 2.12.03.6853 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  11. Files 2.12.03.6853, 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and ADM 199/1388
  12. Files 2.12.03.6853 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and WO 203 / 4621 (British National Archives, Kew, London)
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  14. Files 2.12.03.6853 and 2.12.03.6854 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  15. File 2.12.03.6854 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
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  17. Files 2.12.03.6854 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and WO 203 / 4980 (British National Archives, Kew, London)
  18. Files 2.12.03.6854 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and WO 203 / 4778 and ADM 199 / 193 (British National Archives, Kew, London)
  19. Files 2.12.03.6854 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands) and WO 203 / 4630 (British National Archives, Kew, London)
  20. File 2.12.03.6855 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  21. Files 2.12.03.6855 and 2.12.27.121 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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