Allied Warships

IT Eritrea

Sloop of the Eritrea class

NavyThe Italian Navy
TypeSloop
ClassEritrea 
Pennant 
Built byCantieri di Castellamare di Stabia (Castellamare di Stabia, Italy) 
Ordered 
Laid down25 Jul 1935 
Launched20 Sep 1936 
Commissioned10 Feb 1937 
End service 
History

 

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Notable events involving Eritrea include:


8 Feb 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. At sea she was joined by HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) which came from Aden. The submarines were escorted by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (1)

3 Mar 1944
HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits. She was escorted out by the Italian sloop Eritrea.

No logs are available for this period so no map can be displayed. (2)

12 Mar 1944
HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (3)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (4)

18 Mar 1944
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (5)

6 May 1944
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the North coast of Sumatra and to conduct a special operation. She was escorted out by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (5)

8 May 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee with the Italian sloop Eritrea. (6)

12 May 1944
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Penang. She was also to lay a minefield between the Sembilan islands and the coast of Malaya.

Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with the Italian sloop Eritrea. On completion of these exercises Eritrea then escorted Sea Rover out until 1830 hours. (4)

14 May 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off Port Blair. She was escorted out by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (5)

23 Jun 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol North of Sumatra. She was escorted out by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (2)

15 Jul 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by the Italian sloop Eritrea. On arriving in harbour noise trials were carried out. (2)

15 Jul 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (5)

28 Jul 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. At Colombo repairs will be made to her damaged battery. She was escorted by the Italian sloop Eritrea. (7)

11 Jun 1945
HMS Vivid (Lt. J.C. Varley, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 8th war patrol (1st in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol in the Malacca Straits, mainly for air/sea rescue duties. She was escorted out by the Italian sloop Eritrea until 0200/12.

For positions and the attack position of HMS Vivid during this patrol see the map below. The positions were taken from the patrol report as no log is available for this period.

(8)

17 Jun 1945
HMS Statesman (Lt. R.M. Seaburne-May, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 10th war patrol (8th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the North coast of Sumatra. Before proceeding on patrol radar tracking exercises were carried out with the Italian sloop Eritrea which on completion of the exercises also escorted HMS Statesman out.

No log is available for this period and the patrol report does not mention daily positions so therefore no map can be displayed. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18670
  2. ADM 199/1869
  3. ADM 173/18900
  4. ADM 199/1871
  5. ADM 199/1870
  6. ADM 173/18673
  7. ADM 173/18786
  8. ADM 199/1876
  9. ADM 199/1875

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


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