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AUDACE destroyer (1917)

Audace 1917

Audace 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Audace (ex-Intrepido, ex-Kawakaze) AU, AD Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK 10/1913 27/9/1916 3/1917 captured by Germany 12/9/1943 (TA20)

 

Displacement normal, t

922

Displacement full, t

1170

Length, m

83.9 wl 87.5 oa

Breadth, m

8.30

Draught, m

2.50 normal 2.89 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

oil 248

Endurance, nm(kts) 2180(15)

Armament

7 x 1 - 102/35 S1914-1915, 2 x 1 - 40/39 V1915, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, 2 x 2 - 450 TT

Complement

118

Ship project history: Ordered by Japan in 1912 in UK as Kawakaze (together with Urakaze), but 3/7/1916 under the agreement between Japan and Italy she was transferred to latter and renamed. At first she was named Intrepido, but 25/9/1916 renamed Audace. The project provided skilled mixed diesel-turbine machinery, however, as the order for cruising diesels has been placed in Germany, for the clear reasons they have not got onboard, and destroyer was commissioned with usual steam turbine machinery. On trials destroyer reached 34.5kts. Armament provided by the project (120mm and 76mm guns and 533mm TTs) was replaced by Italian samples (7 102mm/35 guns and 2 twin 450mm TTs).

In September, 1929 ship was re-rated as torpedo boat. In 1938 she was arranged as a command and control ship for radio-controlled target San Marco. Thus both TTs were removed. To beginning of WWII speed was 28kts.

Modernizations: 1938: - 2 x 2 - 450 TT

1942: - 5 x 1 - 102/35, 2 x 1 - 40/39; + 10 x 2 - 20/65 Breda 1935, 2 DCT

Naval service: Audace in September, 1943 was captured by German troops, renamed TA20 and sunk 1/11/1944 by gunfire of British escort destroyers Avon Vale and Wheatland in Adriatic sea.

Audace

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14