Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.
HMS STAFFA was an order for an armed trawler of the Isle Class, another of the little unsung ships of the Royal Navy that were to carry out sterling work with little recognition for this dangerous work.
She was primarily used in the mine sweeping and close escort work and she survived the war.
HMS STAFFA was part of a mine sweeping flotilla (along with HMS SKYE) working in the dangerous waters of the Meditterianen and in particular the coastal waters of Greece, where the germans had laid thousands of mines.
In 1946 HMS STAFFA was regarded as surplus to requirments for the Royal Navy and she was sold on to the Italian navy, no doubt to continue with her mine sweeping duties and perhaps as a trainning ship also, her fate is unclear at this time, so should you or someone you know have any information on what happened to this fine little ship after being sold to the Italian Navy then please get in touch with the website so we can update her story.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.