The History of Leith

December 17, 2010

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As leader of a group of minesweepers in Greek waters, the ” Staffa ” was engaged in almost non-stop minesweeping for six months —from November 1944 to May 1945.

Her Commanding Officer, Lieut.-Commander Geoffrey Syrett, R.N.V.R., of Weybridge, Surrey, described the Greek operations as ” one of the toughest minesweeping operations of the war.” Every known type of mine was encountered in profusion and the ” Staffa ” completed over 6500 miles steaming without a refit. She was one of four minesweepers of the same class which accounted for fifty-five mines between them in three weeks.

The ” Staffa ” has the distinction of being the only Mediterranean
minesweeper to fly the C.-in-C.’s flag. Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham,
now First Sea Lord, directed, when he was C.-in-C., Mediterranean,
that in appreciation of the work accomplished by the ‘sweepers, one
should be granted the privilege of flying his flag. The honour was
conferred upon the ” Staffa ” and the flag was retained to occupy an
honoured place in the wardroom.

Source-Leith Built Ships on War Sevice

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