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The Battle of Cape Matapan was a Second World War naval engagement fought from 27–29 March, 1941. Cape Matapan is on the southwest coast of Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. Acting on intercepted signals broken by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, a force of British Royal Navy ships accompanied by several Royal Australian Navy vessels, under the command of British Admiral Andrew Cunningham, intercepted and sank or severely damaged several ships of the Italian Regia Marina under Admiral Angelo Iachino. The opening actions of the battle are also known in Italy as the Battle of Gaudo.



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  • RM Trento - Trento-class heavy cruiser
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  • RM Fiume - Zara-class heavy cruiser †
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  • RM Duca degli Abruzzi - Duca degli Abruzzi-class light cruiser
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  • RM Alpino - Soldati-class destroyer
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