Allied Warships

HMS P 711 (P 711)

Submarine of the Ferraris class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantP 711 
Built byCantieri Tosi (Taranto, Italy) 
Laid down15 Oct 1931 
Launched19 Mar 1934 
Commissioned19 Jun 1940 
End service 

The Italian submarine Galileo Galilei was stationed in the Red Sea in June 1940. While on patrol her air-conditioning unit malfunctioned and she was forced to the surface where she was engaged by British warships until she was captured south of Aden in position 12º48'N, 45º12'E by the British ASW trawler HMS Moonstone. She was named X 2 by the Royal Navy and in June 1942 she was renamed P 711. She was used as a training boat.


Commands listed for HMS P 711 (P 711)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Patrick Ernest Heathfield, RN22 Sep 1940Ca. late41

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