Allied Warships

RHS Aetos (D 01)

Destroyer of the Aetos class

Aetos as seen during the Second World War.

Photo courtesy of D. Kamakaris.

NavyThe Royal Hellenic Navy
PennantD 01 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched2 Feb 1911 
Commissioned19 Oct 1912 
End service 1946 

Escaped to Alexandria in May 1941.
Assigned pennant number H 89 by the British.
Decommissioned in 1946.


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Notable events involving Aetos include:

20 May 1942
HMS Cleopatra (Capt. G. Grantham, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral P.L. Vian, KBE, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Euryalus (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. H.W.U. McCall, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.L. Poland, CB, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN), RHS Aetos, RHS Kondouriotis, HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria.

Later the AA cruiser HMS Coventry (Capt. R.J.R. Dendy, RN) also went to sea. (1)

12 Jun 1943
Aetos picks up survivors from the Dutch merchant Palima that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-97 about 7 nautical miles west-north-west of Sidon, Lebanon in position 33°36'N, 35°15'E.

15 Jun 1943
Aetos picks up 47 survivors from the British tanker Athelmonarch that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-97 north-west of Jaffa, Palestine in position 32°20'N, 34°39'E.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 53/115623 + ADM 53/115793 + ADM 53/115909 + ADM 53/116782

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

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