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TORPEDO SHIPS

ARIETE torpedo boats (1943)

Ariete 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Alabarda AB CRDA, Trieste 3/1943 7/5/1944 --- // 11/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943(TA42)
Ariete AE Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 6/3/1943 8/1943 to Yugoslavia 4/1949 (Durmitor)
Arturo AO Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 27/3/1943 --- // 10/1943 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA24)
Auriga AG Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 15/4/1943 --- // 12/1943 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA27)
Balestra BL CNQ, Fiume 9/1942 4/10/1947 --- // 1949 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA47), completed as Yugoslavian Ucka
Daga DG CRDA, Trieste 1/1943 14/8/1943 --- // 3/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA39)
Dragone DR Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 14/8/1943 --- // 4/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA30)
Eridano ED Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 12/7/1943 --- // 3/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA29)
Fionda FI CNQ, Fiume 8/1942 31/1/1943 --- captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA46)
Gladio GL CRDA, Trieste 1/1943 15/6/1943 --- // 1/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA37)
Lancia LN CRDA, Trieste 3/1943 7/5/1944 --- // 9/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA41)
Pugnale PU CRDA, Trieste 1/1943 1/8/1943 --- // 7/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA40)
Rigel RG Ansaldo, Genoa 7/1942 22/5/1943 --- // 1/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA28)
Spada SD CRDA, Trieste 1/1943 1/7/1943 --- // 2/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA38)
Spica SP CNQ, Fiume 1/1942 30/1/1944 --- // 9/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA45)
Stella Polare SR CNQ, Fiume 4/1942 11/7/1943 --- // 1/1944 captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943 (TA36)

   

Displacement standard, t

745

Displacement full, t

1110

Length, m

81.1 pp 83.5 oa

Breadth, m

8.62

Draught, m

3.15

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

31.5

Fuel, t

oil 210

Endurance, nm(kts) 1500(16)

Armament

2 x 1 - 100/47 OTO 1937, 3 x 2 - 20/70 Breda 1935, 4 x 1 - 20/65 Breda 1940, 2 x 3 - 450 TT, 2 DCT

Complement

150

Ship project history: 42 torpedo boats of Improved Spica class have been ordered in 1942 for compensation of heavy losses of escort ships at escorting of convoys to Africa with supply for Rommel corps and Italian army in Tripolitania. Ships of "improved" class differed from a prototype by more powerful machinery and lower endurance. Number of 100mm guns also was shrunk from three to two, but at the expense of usage of triple TTs the torpedo salvo was increased. Besides, they had significantly strengthened antiaircraft armament. Under the project it was supposed to install on each ship 14 AA MGs (1 twin 37mm/54, 2 twin and 8 single  20mm/65), however because of shortage of 37mm MGs new torpedo boats have not received these guns.

Owing to escalating of problems with supply only 16 ships from 42 ordered were laid down, and till September, 1943 only lead Ariete was commissioned, remaining 15 incomplete ships came into hands of Germans.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Alabarda was completed as German TA42 and 21/3/1945 was sunk by British aircraft at Venice. Arturo was completed as German TA24 and 18/3/1945 was sunk by torpedo from British destroyer Meteor S off Genoa. Auriga was completed as German TA27 and 9/6/1944 was sunk by British aircraft at Porto Ferraio. Daga was completed as German TA39 and 16/10/1944 was sunk on drifting mine S off Salonika. Dragone was completed as German TA30 and 16/5/1944 was sunk by American MTBs PT550, 558 and 559 W off La Spezia. Eridano was completed as German TA29 and 18/3/1945 was sunk by gunfire of British destroyers Meteor and Lookout S off Genoa. Gladio was completed as German TA37 and 7/10/1944 was sunk by gunfire of British destroyers Termagant and Tuscan in Salonika Bay. Lancia was completed as German TA41, 20/2/1945 was hard damaged by British aircraft and 1/5/1945 blown up by crew at Trieste. Pugnale was completed as German TA40 and 4/5/1945 was scuttled by crew at Trieste. Rigel was completed as German TA28 and 4/9/1944 destroyed by American aircraft in drydock at Genoa. Spada was completed as German TA38,  ran aground 9/10/1944 and 13/10/1944 was scuttled by crew. Spica was completed as German TA45 and 13/4/1945 sunk by British MTBs MTB670 and 697 in Morlacca channel off Fiume. Stella Polare was completed as German TA36 and 18/3/1944 mined SW off Fiume. Fionda and Balestra were renamed TA46 and TA47 respectively, never completed by Germans, 3/5/1945 scuttled, but after war salvaged and completed for Italian Navy.

Rigel 1943

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14