Greek destroyer Thyella (1907)

Thyella (Greek: Α/Τ Θύελλα, "Storm") was a Thyella class destroyer that served in the Royal Hellenic Navy (1907-1941). It was the first ship of that name in the Hellenic Navy.

Thyella at her launch at Yarrows
Namesake: Storm
Ordered: 1905
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Cubitt Town, London
Laid down: 1905
Launched: 1907
Commissioned: 1907
Decommissioned: 1941
Fate: sunk by the Luftwaffe on April 21, 1941
General characteristics
Class and type: Thyella class destroyer
Displacement: Standard 350 tons
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft)
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft)
Draft: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 6,000 hp
Speed: 30-knot (56 km/h) maximum
Complement: 70
Armament: Gun 2 × 3-inch (76 mm) 12-pounder Hotchkiss Single & Gun 2 × 57-millimetre (2 in) 6-pounder 40cal Hotchkiss QF Single

The ship, along with her three sister ships, was ordered from Britain in 1905 and was built in the Yarrow shipyard at Cubitt Town, London.

During World War I, Greece belatedly entered the war on the side of the Triple Entente and, due to Greece's neutrality the four Thyella class ships were seized by the Allies in October 1916, taken over by the French in November and served in the French Navy 1917-18. By 1918, they were back on escort duty under Greek colors, mainly in the Aegean Sea. Thyella saw action in the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).

In World War II, Thyella saw action and was sunk during the German invasion on April 21, 1941 off Vouliagmeni near Athens. [1]

See also


  1. "RHS Thyella of the Royal Hellenic Navy". U boat. Retrieved 21 April 2013.

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