First Battle of the Mediterranean
Part of European Front of World War III
Russian Navy
Soviet Navy firing on Allied ships in the Mediterranean
Date July 20, 1989 - August 10,1989
Location Mediterranean Sea
Result Strategic Soviet Victory
  • Allies suffer heavy setback
  • Majority of Allied ships sunk, capsized, or destroyed
  • Remaining Allied ships retreat to Gibraltar
  • Soviet invasions of Corsica, Sardinia, the Baeleric Islands, Malta, and Southern France
Flag of the Soviet UnionSoviet Union Flag of the United StatesUnited States

Flag of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom

  • Flag of GibraltarGibraltar

Flag of FranceFrance
Flag of ItalyItaly
Flag of SpainSpain
Flag of GreeceGreece
Supported by:
Flag of CyprusCyprus
Flag of EgyptEgypt
Flag of MoroccoMorocco

The First Battle of the Mediterranean was a naval engagement of the Allied Navy (composed of the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, and Greece) and the Soviet Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the gallantry showed by the Allied side, the Soviets ultimately emerged victorious after almost decimating the U.S. 6th fleet and sinking majority of the fleet. The U.S. losses one aircraft carrier, two destroyers, one frigate; Britain losses one carrier, one destroyer, and one corvette. The French Aircraft carrier, the Foch, is heavily damaged. Italy loses two frigates: one sunk and the other capsized. The remaining damaged ships retreated to Gibraltar, where they effectively form a blockade of the Straits to prevent any Soviet ship or submarine from escaping into the Atlantic Ocean.

The victory of the Soviets paved war for invasions of southern France, the French island of Corsica, the Italian island of Sardinia, the Balearic Islands and Malta.

FS Foch1

The Foch aircraft carrier in Gibraltar.