2 September – Mediterranean

The UK is reinforcing its naval forces in the Mediterranean because of the changing strategic situation.

Admiral Cunningham’s fleet, based in Alexandria (Egypt), is reinforced by the battleship Valiant and the carrier Illustrious¬†from Gibraltar. He now has three battleships and two carriers. The composition of the Gibraltar based Force H varies greatly from time to time because of the uncertainty regarding the behaviour of the remains of the French Fleet. The Italians now have five battleships in commission, including two modern ships.

Battleship HMS Valiant 1940
Battleship HMS Valiant 1940
Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious 1940
Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious 1940
Modern Italian Battleship Littorio : Completed May, 1940
Modern Italian Battleship Littorio : Completed May, 1940