RHS Vasilissa Olga

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Navy: Royal Hellenic Navy
Type: Destroyer
Class: Vasilefs Georgios 
Pennant Nos.: H86 / D15
Built by: Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Laid down: 8 Feb, 1937 
Launched: 2 Jun, 1938 
Commissioned: Feb, 1939 
Lost: 26 Sep, 1943 
Loss position: Lakki Bay, Leros
History: Vasillisa Olga escaped to Alexandria in May 1941.
She was assigned pennant number H 86 by the British.
Vasillisa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas, DSO, RHN) was lost to German aircraft whilst anchored on 26 September 1943. in Lakki Bay,Leros.
Events: 26 Mar, 1942
Vasilissa Olga picks up 20 survivors from the British tanker RFA Slavol that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-205 off Sidi Barrani, Egypt in position 3201'N, 2555'E.

10 Jun, 1942
Vasilissa Olga picks up 58 men from the British tanker RFA Brambleleaf that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarine U-81 off Ras Alem, Egypt in position 3112'N, 2810'E.

15 Dec, 1942
The Italian submarine Uarsciek (620 tons) was sunk south off Malta by the British destroyer HMS Petard and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga.

19 Jan, 1943
The British destroyers HMS Pakenham, HMS Nubian and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga intercept and sink the German transport ship Stromboli (475 tons) off the Libyan coast.

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 (Lt.Cdr. G. 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.

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