Operation CV (i)

'CV' (i) was an Italian pair of supply convoys from Italy to Libya (5/6 October 1940).

Two merchant ships departed Taranto during the evening of 5 October escorted by the 12a Divisione Cacciatorpediniere (the destroyers Ascari, Carabiniere, Corazziere and Lanciere). On the next day additional support was provided as the heavy cruisers Fiume, Gorizia, Pola and Zara and the 9a Divisione Cacciatorpediniere (the destroyers Alfredo Oriani, Giosue Carducci, Vincenzo Gioberti and Vittorio Alfieri) departed Taranto in the morning. At the same time the heavy cruisers Bolzano, Trento and Trieste and the 11a Divisione Cacciatorpediniere (the destroyers Artigliere, Aviere, Camicia Nera and Geniere) departed Messina.

However, when a British force of battleships and screening warships of Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham’s Mediterranean Fleet was sighted between the Kásos Strait and Alexandria, all the Italian ships returned to port.