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  1. PrinceZuko

    The seafight off Pafos

    Believe me I knew from the begining that I couldnt exactly translate the meaning of some phrases because all my sources were in Greek.I hope my mistakes didnt influence the main body of the story.Yet i will make some changes wherever I can.
  2. PrinceZuko

    The seafight off Pafos

    The sea fight off the coast of Pafos Landing Vessel Lesvos was ordered to transport personnel and war material of the Hellenic Cyprus Force to the island. The noon of 13th July after several delays the ship sailed to Kerchies where 450 soldiers of the Hellenic Cyprus Force got on board and it sailed to Amochostos .The arrival date was set for July 17th.At the morning of 15th July the ship received the information that a coup have been done against the president of Cyprus archbishop Makarios and that Makarios was dead. The Fleet Command in Athens ordered the ship to continue its mission. Furthermore the ship was set in alert .The noon of 16th July the ship was ordered to drop anchor southeast of Lindos in Rodos.The noon of the other day was ordered to sail towards Ammochostos until 19th of July. The early morning of 19th July the ship moored to Ammochostos port and it disembarkated its carryings. Approximately at 11:30 of the same day it was reported by a customs worker that armed Turks and Turkcypriots port workers are gathering at the old fortress of the city .There was an alert but no incident took place. At that time there was already information that the Turkish Army is gathering landing forces in order to invade Cyprus. The ship embarked soldiers of Hellenic Cyprus Force that were going back to Greece and set for home. At 06:45 of the 20th July the ship received the information of the Turkish invasion and it was immediately setted on alert and sailed as further as it could from Cyprus in order to avoid any enemy units. At 09:20 the ship is given the order to go back and disembark its soldiers to Lemesus in order to reinforce the defending Greek and Cypriot forces against the Turkish army the orders was canceled with the order to sail to Pafos. At 14:30 and while the ship was anchored off the port of Pafos the commander of National Guard forces on the town asked from the Captain Eleftherios Chandrios to fire with the ships guns on the command post of Turkcypriots.Chandrinos estimated that the landing of soldiers was already an enemy action towards Turkish Army so he agreed to fire. The shots lasted for two and a half hours and 900 sells of 40 mm where fired. The intercepted signal of the fortress to the Turkish station on Staurokonos was: Hellenic warship disembarked army on Pafos and its guns are firing to the castle which is about to fell. But the station send a different signal to the High Command in Nicosia: Hellenic warships have landed soldiers on Pafos and are shooting the castle.Turkcypriots have surrendered. The high command promised air support. However the Turkcypriots really surrendered after few hours with all of their armament. Meanwhile the high command in Ankara believed after the air support request that Greece was sending landing forces to Cyprous.This was based from a false reconnaissance that reported a Hellenic Convoy sailing to Cyprous.The real convoy where 3 cargo ships. After that 3 Turkish destroyers the Kocatepe the Adatape and M Fevzi where ordered to sail to the landing area. At 21th July at three squadrons were ready to takeoff in order to strike the "Greek Convoy». When the commander of Pafos nautical station asked Nicosia for the 3 destroyers he received the answer that they were Greek. At 15:00 the first squadron spotted the three destroyers and it stroked them with rockets. The Turkish flags where considered a cheap trick from Greeks. The ships answered with heavy AA fire.Kocatepe was hit and its Battle Information Center was destroyed.Kocatepe was sinking and it was evacuated. The rest of the ships with less damage moved north leaving the Kocatepe's sailors being machine gunned by their own planes inside life boats.Pafos nautical station reported to Nicosia: Disaster! Turkish airplanes are hitting our destroyers. Nicosia knowing that the signals are being intercepted by Turkcypriots answered: let the airplanes hit them meaning stand by. The account of the Turkish aeronautical attack was a destroyer (Kocatepe) sunk ,Adatepe seriously damaged and off operational ability ,Cakmac lightly damaged and a airplane shot down. From 290 men on Kocatepe only 42 where saved .Yet until today Turkey states that Kocatepe's sinking was result of mechanical failure.
  3. PrinceZuko

    The sinking of HMS Hood by Bismarck

    How many posts exist for this battle?
  4. The Battle of Lemnos (Greek: Νaυμaχίa της Λήμνου, Turkish: Mondros Deniz Muharebesi), fought on 18 January [O.S. 5 January] 1913, was a naval battle during the First Balkan War, which defeated the second and last attempt of the Ottoman Empire to break the Greek naval blockade of the Dardanelles and reclaim supremacy over the Aegean Sea from Greece. Following the loss of a number of Aegean Islands to Greece during the first phase of the war in 1912, and its first defeat at the Battle of Elli, the Ottoman Navy sought to check Greek progress by destroying the Greek fleet docked at the port of Moudros, Lemnos. However, it faced the problem of countering the Greek flagship, the Georgios Averof, which had already defeated them at Elli. The Ottomans developed the plan to slip a fast cruiser through the Greek patrols for a raiding mission in the Aegean, hoping to draw off some Greek ships, possibly even the Georgios Averof itself, in pursuit, leaving the remainder weakened for the Ottoman fleet to attack. Indeed, the cruiser Hamidiye evaded the Greek lookout ships on the night of 13/14 January 1913, and sunk a Greek transport ship at Syros the next day, also bombarding the island's harbour. This action caused concern in Athens, and an order was sent to the Fleet, commanding it to "sail immediately in pursuit". Admiral Kountouriotis refused to obey, suspecting an Ottoman trap, and instead prepared for the inevitable exit of the Ottoman Fleet from the Dardanelles Straits. On the Ottoman side, efforts were made to uplift the morale of the crews, including the hoisting of the original banner of the great corsair and admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa on the flagship, Barbaros Hayreddin, which was named after him. Battle The Ottoman flagship, the Brandenburg-class battleship pre-dreadnought battleship Ottoman battleship Barbaros Hayreddin. The Greek fleet, led by Rear Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis was composed of its 9,960 ton armored cruiser flagship Georgios Averof, the three old pre-dreadnought battleships Spetsai, Hydra and Psara and seven destroyers, while the Ottoman flotilla included the pre-dreadnought battleships Barbaros Hayreddin, Turgut Reis and Mesûdiye and the cruiser Mecidiye, and five destroyers. The battleship Âsâr-ı Tevfik remained in the Dardanelles and did not participate in the battle. At 08:20 on the morning of January 5, the Greek patrols signalled that the Ottoman fleet had appeared. At 09:45, the Greek fleet sailed from Moudros Bay. The two fleets met some 19.3 kilometers (12 miles) SE of Lemnos, sailing southeast in converging columns, with their flagships in front. The gunnery exchange commenced at 11:34, when the two fleets were at a distance of 8400 meters (9186.4 yards). Immediately the Greek column turned left, further diminishing the distance. Soon after, the Mecidiye and the accompanying destroyers turned northeast towards the Dardanelles, followed by the Mesûdiye at 11:50, after it had suffered heavy damage from the combined fire of Hydra and Psara. At 11:54, a successful salvo from the Georgios Averof hit the Barbaros Hayreddin, destroying its middle tower, forcing it to withdraw toward Dardanelles, along with the Turgut Reis at 12:00. As at Elli, the Georgios Averof commenced independent action, using its superior speed, and maneuvering so that it could use the artillery of both its sides, to pursue the Ottoman ships, while the older battleships followed as fast as they could. The pursuit ended finally at 14:30, as the Ottoman ships were nearing the Dardanelles. Throughout the battle, the Ottoman ships achieved an excellent rate of fire, firing about 800 shells, but with dismal accuracy. Only two hits were registered on the Georgios Averof, causing one injury and minor damages, while the other battleships escaped unscathed. The Ottoman ships suffered far more. Barbaros Hayreddin was hit by over 20 shells, which destroyed much of its artillery, and suffered 32 dead and 45 wounded. Turgut Reis suffered a major leak and other minor damages from 17 hits, and 9 dead and 49 wounded. Mesûdiye also suffered several hits, but the main damage was caused by a 270mm shell which destroyed the central 150mm gun platform, and had 68 casualties. This, the final naval battle of the First Balkan War, forced the Ottoman Navy to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war, thus ensuring the dominion of the Aegean Sea by Greece. The withdrawal of the Ottoman fleet within the Dardanelles was confirmed by 1st Lieutenant Michael Moutoussis and Ensign Aristeidis Moraitinis on January 24, 1913. They conducted a naval aviation mission, flying their Maurice Farman hydroplane over the Nagara naval base, where they spotted the enemy fleet. During their sortie, they accurately drew a diagram of the positions of the Ottoman fleet, against which they dropped four bombs. Moutoussis and Moraitinis travelled over 180 kilometers (111.8 miles) and took 140 minutes to complete their mission, which was extensively reported in both the Greek and international press.
  5. PrinceZuko

    1866: An Attack of Ironclad Fever

    Very nice info :medal:
  6. PrinceZuko

    Cyprus Navy

    Nice job
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    Greek WW2 Submarine Katsonis

    Well these are more than the info the Greek Navy gives.Anyway this is not my homework so i wont cry if you guys dont like it :tongue:
  8. Katsonis, together with its sister ship, Papanikolis (Υ-2), formed the first class of Greek submarines ordered after the First World War. It was built at the Gironde Bordeaux shipyards between 1925-27, and commissioned into the Hellenic Navy on 8 June 1928. Its first captain was Cdr Κ. Arvanitis.[1] Under the command of Cdr Athanasios Spanidis, she participated in the 1940-41 Greco-Italian War, carrying out four war patrols, and sinking one vessel, the 531-ton Italian freighter Quinto, on 31 December 1940.After the German invasion and fall of Greece in April 1941 fled with the rest of the greek fleet in Egypt and later to Port Soudan where she remained for repairs. While she was returning to Egypt she sunk from wrong handling. She was later refloated and repaired. She started patrols with Comdr Vasilis Laskos .On April 2 1943 she sunk the Italian patrol vessel TERGESTE in the port of Gytheio. Five days later she sunk the Spanish merchant ship SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR. On May 29 1943 she sunk the Spanish merchant ship Rigel near Sipiada capturing her captain and four crew members. On September 14 while she was waiting to ambush a enemy ship she was tracked from an German destroyer which was a captured Greek minelayer. After facing heavy damages from depth bombs she was forced to emerge and face the destroyer with her main gun. But the destroyer rammed her. The Cmdr Vasilis Laskos and 31 crew members where executed by the destroyers machine guns 17 where captured and only 3 managed to escape. MAIN CHARACTERISTICS Displacement: 576 tn on surface 775 on dive Length:62.5 m Width:5.3m Draught:3.6m Engines:2 Diesel Schneider Carel 1300 hp 2 electric engines for movement while diving Max speed:14 knots on surface 9.2 on dive Crew:45 Armament:6 torpedo tubes 533 mm One 100mm main gun and 2 mgs
  9. PrinceZuko

    Greek Battleship Salamis

    Camiroq, on 08 November 2013 - 01:56 PM, said: if I'm not mistaken Greek navy haves battles in Ancient history. Are you serious Greek navy has succesfully taken part in both world wars and balkan wars
  10. PrinceZuko

    Greek WW2 Submarine Papanikolis

    Sorry for the thumbnail i forgot i had putted there in the first place
  11. Papanikolis, together with its sister ship, Katsonis, formed the first class of Greek submarines ordered after the First World War. She was built at the Chantiers de la Loire shipyards between 1925-27, and commissioned into the Hellenic Navy on 21 December 1927. Its first captain was Cdr P. Vandoros. Despite her age and mechanical problems, she participated in the 1940-41 Greco-Italian War under the command of Lieutenant Commander Miltiadis Iatridis, carrying out six war patrols in the Adriatic. During one of these, on 22 December 1940, she sank the small Italian motor ship Antonietta, and, on the very next day, the 3,952-ton troop carrier Firenze . After the German invasion of April 1941, together with the rest of the fleet, Papanikolis fled to the Middle East, from where she would operate during the next years, carrying out nine war patrols in total. Under the command of Commander Athanasios Spanidis, the former captain of Katsonis, she participated in two patrols in the Aegean Sea in 1942. During the first, in June 1942, she sank six small sailing vessels between 11 and 14 June, and proceeded to disembark SOE agents in Crete and receive a team of 15 New Zealand commandos. During the next patrol, from 31 August to 15 September, she unsuccessfully attacked a 8,000-ton oil carrier, and disembarked two mixed British-Greek commando teams at Rhodes, which succeeded in attacking the island's two airfields and destroying a large number of Axis aircrafτ in "Operation Anglo". Coming under the command of Lieutenant Nikolaos Roussen, the submarine went into another patrol in November, offloading men and equipment at Crete. On 30 November, Papanikolis successfully ambushed and sank a 8,000-ton cargo vessel at the Alimnia islet, near Rhodes. On 17 January 1943, after carrying agents and equipment to Hydra, she captured the 200-ton sailing vessel Agios Stefanos and manned her with part of her crew, which sailed her to Alexandria, while the next day, she sank another 150-ton sailer. During subsequent patrols in March and May, she sank further 4 sailers, totaling 450 tons. Papanikolis survived the war and returned to Greece after liberation in October 1944. However, she was severely outdated, and was decommissioned in 1945. The ship's conning tower was preserved and is on display in the Hellenic Maritime Museum at Piraeus.Moreover one of the modern greek submarines bears its name.
  12. PrinceZuko

    Greek Destroyer Vasilissa Olga D-15

    Well my next posts will be about greek subs because i havent seen any posts for them at all
  13. PrinceZuko

    Greek Battleship Salamis

    demonaii, on 05 November 2013 - 07:08 PM, said: :O I didn't knew Greeks have ships too :( Greece has the second lagerst merchant fleet in the world after Japan so please know before speaking.And as imperiumgraceun said Greece has a long naval history.
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    Greek Destroyer Vasilissa Olga D-15

    Well i didint expected the pictures to have this size.I am really sory