British Forces

Force B

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  • Vice-Admiral Sir James Sommerville

Battleship

  • BB Renown (flagship)(flagship)

Carrier

  • CV Ark Royal
    • 800 Sqn.
      Notes: 12 Skuas.
    • 803 Sqn.
      Notes: 12 Fulmars.
    • 810 Sqn.
      Notes: 12 Swordfish.
    • 818 Sqn.
      Notes: 9 Swordfish.
    • 820 Sqn.
      Notes: 9 Swordfish.

Cruisers

  • CL Sheffield
  • CL Despatch

Destroyers

  • DD Faulknor
  • DD Firedrake
  • DD Forester
  • DD Fury
  • DD Encounter
  • DD Duncan
  • DD Wishart
  • DD Kelvin
  • DD Jaguar

Notes

  1. ^J. Greene & A. Massignani refer to this formation as Force B. J. Rohwer & G. Hummelchen refer to it as Force H.

Force D

Battleship

  • BB Ramilles

Cruisers

  • CA Berwick
  • CL Newcastle
  • CLAA Coventry

Destroyers

  • DD Defender
  • DD Gallant
  • DD Greyhound
  • DD Griffin
  • DD Hereward

Force F

  • Vice-Admiral L. E. Holland
  • CL Manchester (flagship)(flagship)
  • CL Southampton
  • DD Hotspur

Italian Forces

1st Squadron

  • Admiral Inigo Camponi

Battleships

  • BB Vittorio Veneto (force flagship)(force flagship)
  • BB Guilio Cesare

9th Destroyer Flotilla

  • DD Alfieri
  • DD Carducci
  • DD Gioberti
  • DD Oriani

12th Destroyer Flotilla

  • DD Lanciere
  • DD Ascari
  • DD Carabiniere

2nd Squadron

  • Admiral Angelo Iachino

1st Cruiser Division

  • Vice-Adm. Matteucci
  • CA Pola (flagship)(flagship)
  • CA Fiume (force flagship)(force flagship)
  • CA Gorizia

3rd Cruiser Division

  • Vice-Adm. Luigi Sansonetti
  • CA Trieste (flagship)(flagship)
  • CA Trento
  • CA Bolzano

13th Destroyer Flotilla

  • DD Granatiere
  • DD Fuciliere
  • DD Bersagliere
  • DD Alpino

7th Destroyer Flotilla

  • DD Freccia
  • DD Saetta
  • DD Dardo

Sources

  • Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945 by J. Rohwer & G. Hummelchen
  • The Naval War in the Mediterranean 1940-1943 by J. Greene & A. Massignani
  • The Italian Navy in WWII by A. Bragadin
  • Carrier Operations in WWII, Volume I: The Royal Navy by D. Brown