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HELLENIC COMMERCIAL SHIPPING
2nd WORLD WAR
Much of the contribution to the success of the Allied effort belongs to the extensive and valuable contribution of the Greek Navy.
A contribution that began on the first day of the war in September 1939, without Greece still being in a state of war. However, it continued after the liberation of Greece until the end of the war in September 1945 in missions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian to the Middle East from the Mediterranean and to serve the needs of the British and Greek Navy. Unfortunately, this great contribution could not have been made without sacrifices.
The Hellenic Merchant Shipping provided 614 vessels totaling 2,100,000 tonnes and 20,000 sailors in battle. At the end of the war, 121 ships (77% loss) of a total capacity of 506,000 tonnes (Loss 70%) remained, while the human losses were more than 2,500.