Battle of Lepanto order of battle

This is the order of battle during the Battle of Lepanto on 7 October 1571 in which the Holy League deployed 6 galleasses and 206 galleys, while the Ottoman forces numbered 216 galleys and 56 galliots.

The Fleet of the Holy League¹

The combined Christian fleet was placed under the command of John of Austria (Don Juan de Austria) with Marcantonio Colonna as his principal deputy.

The Left Wing

Commanded by Agostino Barbarigo (53 galleys, 2 galleasses)

Agostino Barbarigo

The Center Division

Commanded by Don John of Austria (62 galleys, 2 galleasses)

The Right Wing

Commanded by Giovanni Andrea Doria (53 galleys, 2 galleasses)

The Rearguard

Álvaro de Bazán, Spanish commander (1526—1588)

Commanded by Don Álvaro de Bazán (38 galleys, including 8 galleys of the Advance Guard)

The Vanguard

Commanded by Juan de Cardona (8 galleys attached to the Reserve force)

The Ottoman Fleet²

Supreme command of the Ottoman Fleet was held by Müezzinzade Ali Pasha

The Left Wing

Uluç Ali Reis

Commanded by Uluç Ali Reis (61 galleys, 32 galliots)

The Centre Division

Müezzinzade Ali Pasha

Commanded by Müezzinzade Ali Pasha (87 galleys divided into the First Line (among which are the fittest and newest galleys of the fleet) and the Second Line)

First Line

Second Line

The Right Wing

Commanded by Mehmed Siroco (60 galleys and 2 galiots)

The Rearguard

Commanded by Amuret Dragut Rais (8 galleys and 22 galiots)

Notes on ship nomenclature

1. Several vessels among the fleet of the Holy League bore the same name. Whilst this is not unheard of among ships belonging to different nationalities, some of the said ships belong to the same nation. These did not seem to be of great importance to Christian commanders at that time. In order to avoid confusion, those vessels bearing the same name were suffixed with ordinal number according to nationality (i.e. Christ of Candia I, Christ of Candia II; Christ of Venice I, Christ of Venice II, etc.).

2. In contrast to their Western contemporaries, Turkish records only show the names of commanders of the ships instead of the names of the ship themselves.

3. In Italian use, various flagships were called by the rank of their commander. A reale ("royal") was personally commanded by a king or his agent; a capitana ("captainess") by a captain general; a padrona ("master") by a padrone.


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