Allied Warships

RHS Pipinos (P 71)

Submarine of the V class


Photo with thanks to D. Kamakaris.

NavyThe Royal Hellenic Navy
PennantP 71 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Dec 1941 
Laid down2 Nov 1942 
Launched19 Jul 1943 
Commissioned1 Nov 1943 
End service10 Dec 1957 

HMS Veldt was transferred to the Greek Navy upon completion on 1 November 1943. She was renamed Pipinos. Pipinos was returned to the Royal Navy on 10 December 1957. Scrapped at Dunston on 23 February 1958.

Former nameHMS Veldt

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Notable events involving Pipinos include:

18 Nov 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice attack on the Greek submarine Pipinos. (1)

20 Dec 1943
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) and Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Rallis) both shifted from Larne to Holy Loch. (2)

4 Jan 1944
HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) departed Holy Loch for Plymouth. She is to proceed to the Devonport Dockyard to have another battery fitted.

Passage was made (until Bishops Rock) together with the Greek submarine Pipinos. The submarines were escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (3)

8 Feb 1944
Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Rallis) attacked but misses the German merchant Pamona (2198 GRT) off Suda Bay, Crete. The Pamona is sunk next day by British aircraft.

8 Mar 1944
Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Rallis) attacked but misses the German minelayer Drache and the German merchant Burgas in the Aegean Sea near the Gulf of Saloniki.

13 Apr 1944
Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Rallis) sank the Greek sailing vessel Taxiarchios (585 GRT) by ramming about 30 nautical miles north-west of Milos Island, Greece.

9 Aug 1944
At 1705 hours RHS Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Loundras) torpedoed and sank the German torpedo boat TA 19 (1046 tons, former Italian Calatafimi) off Karlovassi, Greece in position 37°45'N, 26°59'E.]

At 1914 hours, while still off Karlovassi, Pipinos fires four torpedoed against the German merchant Orioni (800 GRT, former Italian). All torpedoed however missed their target.

3 Sep 1944
Pipinos (Lt.Cdr. Loundras) sank a small coastal vessel off Iraklion, Crete, Greece.

23 Jan 1945
During 23/24 January HMS Newfoundland (Capt. R.W. Ravenhill, CBE, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria, the programme was as follows;

In the morning, HMS Newfoundland, conducted torpedo firing exercises during which the Italian destroyer Artigliere served as target. The were followed by HA firings at a towed sleeve target.

Around noon A/S exercises were carried out with the Greek submarine RHS Pipinos.

In the afternoon an RIX (rangefinding and inclination) exercise was carried out with HMCS Uganda (Capt. E.R. Mainguy, OBE, RCN). HMS Newfoundland also served as target for Artigliere which was conducting torpedo firing exercises.

During the night tracking exercises were carried out with HMCS Uganda.

In the morning of the 24th, aircraft repelling exercises were carried out.

Around noon, more A/S exercises with RHS Pipinos followed.

In the afternoon another RIX exercise was carried out with HMCS Uganda. (4)

14 Mar 1945
In the morning, HMS Newfoundland (Capt. R.W. Ravenhill, CBE, DSC, RN) conducted gunnery exercises off Alexandria.

Around noon A/S exercises were conducted with the Greek submarine RHS Pipinos.

And finally RIX (rangefinding and inclination) exercises were carried out with HMS Orion (Capt. J.P. Gornall, RN). (5)


  1. ADM 173/18442
  2. ADM 173/18094
  3. ADM 173/18780
  4. ADM 53/121905
  5. ADM 53/121907

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

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