Aden Expedition

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Aden Expedition
Part of Conquest of Aden
Capture of Aden 1839 "H.M.S. 'Volage' and 'Cruiser' engaging Seerah fortress batteries".jpg
Contemporary painting showing British warships engaging Sira fortress batteries
DateJanuary 1839
Result British victory
 United Kingdom  Lahej
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Henry Smith unknown
~700 infantry[1]
1 frigate
1 corvette
1 brig
1 schooner
~700 infantry
33 artillery pieces
1 fort
Casualties and losses
17 killed or wounded
1 corvette damaged
~150 killed or wounded
139 captured
33 artillery pieces captured
1 fort captured
Cannon made in 1531 for the Ottoman invasion of India, these were captured at Sira by the Royal Navy in 1839 and are now displayed in the Tower of London.

The Aden Expedition was a naval operation that the British Royal Navy carried out in January 1839. Following Britain's decision to acquire the port of Aden as a coaling station for the steamers sailing the new Suez-Bombay route, the sultan of Lahej, who owned Aden, resisted, which led to a series of skirmishes between the two sides. In response to the incidents, a small force of warships and soldiers of the East India Company were sent to Arabia. The expedition succeeded in defeating the Arab defenders, who held the fortress on Sira Island, and occupied the nearby port of Aden.[2][3]

Order of battle[edit]

Royal Navy:

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Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Clowes, pg. 277-279
  3. ^ Playfair, pg. 162-163


  • Clowes, William (1901). The Royal Navy: A history from the earlierst times to the present Volume VI. London, England: William Clowes & Sons.
  • Playfair, Robert L. (1859). A history of Arabia Felix or Yemen, from the commencement of the Christian era to the present time: including an account of the British settlement of Aden. Education Society's Press.

Coordinates: 12°46′47″N 45°2′57″E / 12.77972°N 45.04917°E / 12.77972; 45.04917