Allied Warships

RHS Ydra (D 97)

Destroyer of the Kondouriotis class

NavyThe Royal Hellenic Navy
PennantD 97 
Built byCantieri Odero (Sestri Ponente, Italy) 
Laid down 
Launched21 Oct 1931 
Lost22 Apr 1941 

Ydra (Cdr. Pezopoulis) was sunk by German Stuka dive bombers off Piraeus.


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Notable events involving Ydra include:

11 Mar 1941

Convoy AN 19.

This convoy departed Alexandria / Port Said on 11 March 1941.

The, larger, Port Said section was made up of the following merchant vessels; Alfios (Greek, 5116 GRT, built 1920), Baluchustan (British, 6992 GRT, built 1940), Cleanthis (Greek, 4153 GRT, built 1911), Constantinos Louloudis (Greek, 4697 GRT, built 1922), Coulouras-Xenos (Greek, 4914 GRT, built 1915), Daisy Moller (British, 4078 GRT, built 1911), Evanthia (Greek, 3551 GRT, built 1915), Evoikos (Greek, 4792 GRT, built 1922), Hellas (Greek, 2295 GRT, built 1916), Ioannis Fafalios (Greek, 5670 GRT, built 1919), Langleecrag (British, 4909 GRT, built 1929), Mary Livanos (Greek, 4771 GRT, built 1938), Meroe (British, 3832 GRT, built 1928), Nitsa (Greek, 4732 GRT, built 1915), Runo (British, 1858 GRT, built 1920), Scottish Prince (British, 4917 GRT, built 1938), Solheim (Norwegian (tanker), 8078 GRT, built 1934) and Theofano Livanos (Greek, 4815 GRT, built 1937).

This section was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhodes, RAN) and the sloop HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN).

The, smaller, Alexandria section was made up of the following merchant vessels; Aegeus (Greek, 4538 GRT, built 1920), City of Norwich (British, 6726 GRT, built 1913), Pericles (Dutch (tanker), 3167 GRT, built 1938) and Tanais (Greek, 1545 GRT, built 1907).

The Alexandria section was escorted by the Greek destroyers RHS Spetsai and RHS Ydra.

Around 0635B/13, the two sections merged.

Around 1000B/16, the convoy arrived at Piraeus. The tanker Pericles had meanwhile been detached to Suda Bay. (1)

22 Apr 1941
For a firsthand account of the sinking of the destroyer Hydra by Captain Mezeviris Supreme Destroyer Commander who was onboard Hydra at the time of her sinking, visit this website (offsite link). (2)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/42 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for March 1941
  2. Personal communication

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

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