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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

ESCORTS

SG20 escort (1922/1943)

TA7 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TA7 (ex-Generale Achille Papa), 10/1943- SG20   Odero, Sestri Ponente, Italy 12/1919 8/12/1921 2/1922 // 10/1943 damaged 1/11/1943, repair incomplete

 

Displacement standard, t

832

Displacement full, t

890

Length, m

73.5

Breadth, m

7.32

Draught, m

2.46 normal 3.01 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Tosi steam turbines, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

15500

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil 157

Endurance, nm(kts) 400(25)

Armament

2 x 1 - 37/54 M1939, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 2 - 20/65 M1935, 8 x 1 - 20/65 M1939, 4 x 1 - 86 R Ag M42/43 AA rocket launchers, 6 DCT

Complement

100

Ship project history: Former Italian torpedo boat (old destroyer) Generale Achille Papa, captured by German troops at Genoa 9/9/1943 and commissioned by Kriegsmarine 17/10/1943 as torpedo boat TA7, but 18/10/1943 reclassified to fast escort SG20.

Modernizations: some days after commissioning ship was armed with 3 x 1 - 102/45 S-A M1917, 3 x 1 - 37/54 M1939, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 2 - 20/65 M1935, 8 x 1 - 20/65 M1939, 6 DCT, but was soon rearmed.

Naval service: SG20 was damaged 1/11/1943 by a mine and later foundered near pier because hull leaks, during repair 6/1/1944 wreck was destroyed by American aircraft at Genoa, salvaged but 25/4/1945 scuttled at Ostia as breakwater.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14