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Royal Hellenic Navy

Royal Hellenic Navy (Greek Ελληνικό Βασιλικό Ναυτικό) was the name of the Greek military naval force during the monarchy periods of the country's history.

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World War II

The Greek Navy consisted of 1 old battleship (built in 1940, disarmed and turned to training duties in 1932), 1 minelayer, 10 destroyers and 6 submarines when Greece entered the war. The Greek Navy participated in a lot of operations in the Mediterranean and also in some convoys in the Atlantic Sea. The Greek merchant navy also contributed a lot during WWII.

The Greek vessels had big successes during whole war, fought bravely and contributed a lot in that war. The Greek Navy sank 2 Italian subs (the Uarsciek was captured by Greek and British destroyers on 15 Dec, 1942 in the Mediterranean but sank while in tow and the Neghelli) and 1 U-boat.

Naval successes

The Greek destroyer Pindos sank the U-458 with depth charges on 22 August, 1943 south-east of Italy.

It is claimed from Greek sources that the destroyer Adrias had a successful depth charge attack on 27 January, 1943 in the North Atlantic Sea. No German U-boat can be attributed to this attack. Also the same destroyer is claimed from Greek sources to have sunk U-623 on 13 February 1943, in the South Atlantic, west of the African coast. This is not true since that boat was sunk by a British aircraft.

Naval losses

Greeks lost many warships in the war, including 5 destroyers (Leon, Psara, Ydra, Vasilefs Georgios, Vasilissa Olga), the minelayer Elli and 4 submarines. None of these warship losses were to German U-boats.

It is worth to mention that the Greek minelayer Elli was sunk on August 15, 1940, intentionally by the Italian submarine Delfino, while Greece was still a neutral country in the war.

According to our files the Royal Hellenic Navy lost 26 warships during WWII (38.81%).

Ships of the Royal Hellenic Navy

Torpedo boats

  • Alcyon Class
    • RHS Aigli (lost 24 Apr, 1941)
    • RHS Alkyoni (lost 24 Apr, 1941)
    • RHS Arethousa (lost 24 Apr, 1941)
    • RHS Doris (lost 23 Apr, 1941)

Destroyers

Minesweepers

Escort destroyers

Submarines

Minelayers

Corvettes

Coastal defence ships

Armoured cruiser

Minelaying cruiser

Patrol craft