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TORPEDO SHIPS

TA17 torpedo boats (1921-1922/1943-1944)

Solferino 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TA18 (ex-San Martino), 11/1943- TA17   Orlando, Livorno, Italy 4/1917 8/9/1920 10/1922 // 10/1943 damaged 18/6/1944, repair incomplete, scuttled 12/10/1944
TA18 (ex-Solferino)   Orlando, Livorno, Italy 4/1917 28/4/1920 10/1921 // 7/1944 sunk 19/10/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

925

Displacement full, t

1160

Length, m

80.1 wl 81.9 oa

Breadth, m

7.52

Draught, m

2.39

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Zoelly steam turbines, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

18000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil 208

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/45 S-A M1917, 6 x 1 - 20/65 M1940, 2 x 2 - 450 TT

Sensors

FuMO 28 radar

Complement

134

Ship project history: Outdated Italian torpedo boats of Palestro class, captured at Piraeus 9/9/1943 and commissioned by Germans 28/10/1943 (TA17) and 25/7/1944 (TA18). Real max speed was about 25kts and an endurance 600(20)nm.

Modernizations: late 1943, TA17: + 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30

late 1943, TA18: - 2 x 2 - 450 TT; + 4 x 1 - 20/65 M1940, 1 x 2 - 533 TT

Naval service: Both served in Aegean Sea. TA17 was damaged on a mine 18/6/1944, repair was not completed, 18/9/1944 she was additionally damaged during air raid and 12/10/1944 scuttled at Salamis. TA18 19/10/1944 was damaged in battle against British destroyers Termagant and Tuscan in Aegean Sea, ran aground off Volos and destroyed.

TA18 as Solferino

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14