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TA23 torpedo boats (1942 - 1943 / 1943, 1944)


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TA26 as Ardito

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TA23 (ex-Impavido)     CT, Riva Trigoso, Italy 8.1941 24.2.1943 4.1943 // 10.1943 sunk 25.4.1944
TA25 (ex-Intrepido)     CT, Riva Trigoso, Italy 1.1942 8.9.1943 1.1944 sunk 21.6.1944
TA26 (ex-Ardito)     Ansaldo, Genoa, Italy 4.1941 16.3.1942 6.1942 // 12.1943 sunk 15.6.1944


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

1113

Displacement full, t1683
Length, m

86.1 wl 87.8 oa

Breadth, m

9.90

Draught, m

2.90

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Tosi geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

16000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil 430

Endurance, nm(kts)2800(14)
Armament

ТА23, 26: 3 x 1 - 100/47 М1937, 4 x 2 - 20/65 M1935, 2 x 2 - 450 TT, 4 DCT, 20 mines

ТА25: 2 x 1 - 100/47 М1937, 4 x 2 - 20/65 M1935, 2 х 1 - 20/65 М1939, 2 x 2 - 450 TT 4 DCT, 20 mines

Electronic equipmentpresumably FuMO 28 radar, sonar
Complement

177



Standard scale images


<i>TA25</i> 1943
TA25 1943


Graphics


<i>TA26</i> as <i>Ardito</i>
TA26 as Ardito


Project history

Ex-Italian torpedo boats/escort destroyers of Ciclone class. Impavido and Ardito 18.9.1943 were captured by German troops at Porto Ferraio (Corsica) and commissioned by Kriegsmarine 9.10.1943 and 19.12.1943 as TA23 and TA26 respectively. Intrepido 9.9.1943 (next day after launch) was captured incomplete at Riva-Trigoso; she was completed by Germans 16.1.1944 as TA25.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

All ships operated at western coast of Italy (in Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas). TA23 was hard damaged 25.4.1944 on a mine laid by Italian torpedo boat Sirio W off Capri and sunk by torpedo from TA29. TA25 was sunk 21.6.1944 by British MTBs at Viareggio. TA26 was sunk 15.6.1944 by American MTBs PT552, PT558, PT559 W off Specia.