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FOLGORE destroyers (1932)

Baleno 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Baleno BO CNQ, Fiume 10/1929 22/3/1931 6/1932 foundered 17/4/1941
Folgore FG OCP, Napoli 1/1930 26/4/1931 7/1932 sunk 2/12/1942
Fulmine FN, FL CNQ, Fiume 10/1929 2/8/1931 9/1932 sunk 9/11/1941
Lampo LA, LP OCP, Napoli 1/1930 26/7/1931 8/1932 sunk 30/4/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

1450

Displacement full, t

2100

Length, m

94.3 wl 96.1 oa

Breadth, m

9.20

Draught, m

3.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Beluzzo geared steam turbines, 3 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

44000

Max speed, kts

38

Fuel, t

oil 510

Endurance, nm(kts) 3600(12)

Armament

2 x 2 - 120/50 Ansaldo 1926, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Vickers-Terni 1917, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 54 mines

Complement

156 - 185

Ship project history: Folgore class sometimes was called as 2nd series of Dardo class. Attempt to raise a speed at the expense of decrease in a hull beam to 9.2 m, as well as on Turbine, served by the sample for Dardo. For speed slight increase it have forcedly paid by significant decrease in the endurance, besides, the insufficient stability of previous class (Folgore) was aggravated with a smaller hull beam. It was necessary, as well as by the ships of 1st series, to substitute fuel with water and to stow about 100t of dry ballast. Standard displacement has increased from 1220 to 1450t, speed has fallen approximately to 31-32kts.

Modernizations: 1939 - 1940, all: - 2 x 1 - 40/39, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76; + (5 - 6) x 1 - 20/65 Breda 1939/1940

1942, Folgore, Lampo: - 1 x 3 - 533 TT; + 2 x 1 - 37/54 Breda 1939

Naval service: Baleno 16/4/1941 was hard damaged by gunfire of British destroyers Nubian, Mohawk, Jervis and Janus in the central Mediterranean, and ran aground, 17/4/1941 capsized and sunk. Fulmine 9/11/1941 was sunk by British cruiser Aurora and destroyers Lively and Lance in 130nm W off Siracuzes. Folgore 2/12/1942 was sunk by gunfire of British cruisers Aurora, Argonaut and Sirius, destroyer Quentin and Canadian Quiberon in the Sicilian channel. Lampo 30/4/1943 was hard damaged by American aircraft at coast of Tunisia, abandoned and has sunk.

Baleno 1940

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14