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TA20 torpedo boat (1917 / 1943)


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TA20

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Name No 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


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

890

Displacement full, t1152
Length, m

83.9 wl 87.6 oa

Breadth, m

8.38

Draught, m

2.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 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

Complement

127



Standard scale images


<i>Audace</i> 1940
Audace 1940


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<i>TA20</i>
TA20


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.