RHS Vasilissa Olga (D 15)
Destroyer of the Vasilefs Georgios class
|Navy||The Royal Hellenic Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Laid down||8 Feb 1937|
|Launched||2 Jun 1938|
|Lost||26 Sep 1943|
Vasilissa Olga escaped to Alexandria in May 1941.
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Casualties in the sinking: seventy killed (Commander, five officers and sixty four ratings).
2 Jun 1943
The Italian torpedo boat Castore (652 tons) left Taranto at 2000hours on 31 May 1943 as escort of the Italian merchants Postumia (595 GRT) and Vragnizza (1592 GRT) heading for Messina. Around 0140 hours on 2 June 1943 while off Cape Spartivento this convoy was attacked with gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (LCdr Georgios Blessas, DSO, RHN). The two Allied destroyers opened fire at 2000 yds and in the resulting action the Castore was sunk (around 0315 hours) and the two merchants were damaged. According to the war diaries of the Seekriegsleitung both merchant vessels are reported to have arrived in Messina at 1630 hours on 3 June. Other sources give that Postumia went ashore and was later raised and repaired.
During the engagement Jervis and Vasilissa Olga were assisted by allied aircraft that illuminated the targets by firing flares.