Operation Summer

This was a British naval undertaking to deliver crated aircraft to Takoradi in the British West African colony of the Gold Coast for local assembly and subsequent self-transfer across Africa to Egypt (15/22 March 1941).

The battle-cruiser Repulse, elderly fleet carrier Furious, armed merchant cruiser Alcantara, and 23,428-ton merchant vessel Strathmore departed the Clyde river for Gibraltar escorted by the destroyers Churchill, Vansittart and Canadian Assiniboine and Ottawa. Escorted from Freetown, Sierra Leone, by the light cruiser Dragon and destroyers Duncan and Foxhound, reached Takoradi on 22 March.