Operation BN (ii)

'BN' (ii) was the British initial delivery of troops to Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete in the eastern Mediterranean to establish a refuelling depot and improve the airfield for flight operations (29 October 1940).

The ships involved were the armed boarding vessel Fiona in the troop and equipment transport role, and the destroyers Defender and Ilex as escorts, and a combined services reconnaissance party had earlier arrived by flying boat. The convoy carrying the first part of the main force reached Souda Bay in the destroyer Wryneck later on 29 October, and the rest arrived two days later on the 7,026-ton Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Olna. The movements to Crete continued into the first week of December.