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TORPEDO SHIPS

TA20 torpedo boat (1917/1943)

Audace 1940

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TA20 (ex-Audace) 1349 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK 10/1913 27/9/1916 3/1917 // 10/1943 sunk 1/11/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

890

Displacement full, t

1152

Length, m

83.9 wl 87.6 oa

Breadth, m

8.38

Draught, m

2.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

oil 248

Endurance, nm(kts) 2180(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/35 M1914-15, 10 x 2 - 20/65 M1939, 20 mines

Sensors

FuMO 28 radar

Complement

127

Ship project history: Laid down for the IJN as Kawakaze, during completion in 1916 transferred to Italy as Audace. In 1938 destroyer was converted to a command and control ship of the radio-controlled target ship San Marco (TTs were removed), but continued to be rated as torpedo boat. 12/9/1943 Audace was captured by German troops in Venice and commissioned by Germans 21/10/1943 as TA20.

Modernizations: late 1943: - 10 x 2 - 20/65; + 1 x 2 - 37/54 M1938, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: TA20 served on Adriatic. 1/11/1944 she was sunk by British escort destroyers Avon Vale and Wheatland at Pago Island.

TA20

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14