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MC590 motor torpedo / gun boats (1965 - 1966)


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Saetta 1970 with SSM

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
MC590, 9.1965- Freccia P493   CNR, Riva Trigoso   9.1.1965 7.1965 stricken 9.1984
Saetta (ex-MC591) P494   CRDA, Monfalcone   11.4.1965 4.1966 stricken 5.1986
Dardo (ex-MC592) P495   Arsenale Taranto 5.1964 --- --- cancelled 1965


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

175

Displacement full, t

205

Length, m

46.1

Breadth, m

7.22

Draught, m

1.55

No of shafts

3

Machinery

CODAG: 1 Bristol Siddeley Proteus gas turbine + 2 Fiat diesels

Power, h. p.

4250+7600 = 11850

Max speed, kts

40

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)800(27)
Armament

3 x 1 - 40/70 Breda type 107 or (1 x 1 - 40/70 Breda type 107, 4 - 533 TT) or (1 x 1 - 40/70 Breda type 107, 8 mines)

Electronic equipmentRTN-150 radar
Complement

37



Standard scale images


<i>Freccia </i>1975
Freccia 1975


Graphics


<i>Freccia </i>1974
Freccia 1974
<i>Saetta </i>1970 with SSM
Saetta 1970 with SSM


Project history

Enlarged and improved Lampos, with a Proteus gas turbine in place of the Metrovick. These ships were built under the 1960 programme. The 1962 programme envisaged five Type 590 (Freccia class) MGB and three type 491 (Lampo class) MGB, of which only two Freccia were ordered; they were dropped officially from the programme in January 1972 when the Sparvieros were clearly in prospect. Planned Strale (ex-MC593) was never started by building.

They were designed to be convertible in one day.

Modernizations

1966, Saetta: + 1 x 5 Sea Killer Mk 1 SSM (4) (temporarily carried instead of 1 x 1 - 40/70 for trials presumably till mid-1970s)

Naval service

No significant events.