Greek cruiser Elli (1935)

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For other ships of the same name, see Greek cruiser Elli.
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Elli II - Κ/Δ Έλλη ΙΙ
Career (Italy)
Name: Eugenio di Savoia
Namesake: Prince Eugene of Savoy
Builder: Ansaldo Shipyard
Laid down: 1933
Launched: 1935
Decommissioned: 1950
Career (Greece)
Namesake: the Naval Battle of Elli and the first Elli cruiser
Laid down: 1933
Launched: 1935
Commissioned: June 1951
Decommissioned: 1965
Fate: auctioned off in 1973
Notes: Was transferred to Greece as war reparations for World War II and the sinking of the Greek cruiser Elli before hostilities began in 1940
General characteristics
Class & type: Duca d'Aosta class light cruiser
Displacement: Full load 10,660 tons
Standard 8,856 tons
Length: 186 m (610 ft)
Beam: 17.5 m (57 ft)
Draft: 5 m (16 ft)
Propulsion: Boilers: 6 Yarrow boilers, Engines: 2 shaft Belluzzo/Parsons geared turbines, Power: 110,000 hp
Speed: 36-knot (67 km/h) maximum
Complement: 578
Armament: 8 × 6-inch (152 mm)/47 cal. (4 × 2),
6 × 100 mm/47 cal. (3 × 2),
16 × 40 mm A/A,
6 × 21-inch (533 mm) T/T (2 × 3),
2 depth charge launchers
Armour: 4,2-10 cm

Elli (Greek: Κ/Δ Έλλη II) was a 10,000 ton Greek light cruiser (in Greek Καταδρομικό) named for a naval battle of the First Balkan War in which Greece was victorious. She was the second ship of the Royal Hellenic Navy to bear this name. The first was torpedoed by an Italian submarine in August 1940.

Built between 1932-35 at Ansaldo Shipyard in Genoa and commissioned as the RN Eugenio di Savoia. She was ceded to Greece in July 1950 by the Italian government, as part of the war reparations, for the torpedoing of Elli. Since hoisting the Greek Flag in June 1951 she served as the headquarters for the Fleet Commander (Αρχηγός Στόλου), serving also for state visits of King Paul to Constantinople in June 1952; Yugoslavia in September 1955; Toulon, France in June 1956; and Lebanon in May 1958. In 1959 she was moved to Souda Bay, Crete, where she was used as headquarters of the Ionian and Cretan Seas Command. Decommissioned in 1965, she was used as a naval prison ship. Certain naval personnel were detained there during the 1967-1974 junta because of their resistance activities. She was auctioned off in 1973.