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REGIA MARINA / ITALIAN NAVY (ITALY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

GIUSEPPE LA MASA destroyers (1917-1919)

Giuseppe La Masa 1919

Giuseppe La Masa 1943

nearly sister-ship Giuseppe Cesare Abba 1954

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Giuseppe La Masa LM Odero, Sestri Ponente 9/1916 6/9/1917 9/1919 captured by Germany 9/9/1943
Angelo Bassini BS Odero, Sestri Ponente 10/1916 28/3/1918 5/1918 sunk 28/5/1943
Agostino Bertani, 1/1921- Enrico Cosenz CS Odero, Sestri Ponente 12/1917 6/6/1919 6/1919 scuttled 27/9/1943
Benedetto Cairoli   Odero, Sestri Ponente 9/1916 28/12/1917 2/1918 collision 10/4/1918
Giacinto Carini CA, CR, 1954- M5331 Odero, Sestri Ponente 9/1916 7/11/1917 11/1917 minesweeper 1954, stricken 12/1958
Nicola Fabrizi FB, 1954- M5333 Odero, Sestri Ponente 9/1916 8/7/1918 7/1918 minesweeper 1954, stricken 2/1957
Giuseppe La Farina FR, LF Odero, Sestri Ponente 12/1917 12/3/1919 3/1919 sunk 4/5/1941
Giacomo Medici MD Odero, Sestri Ponente 10/1916 6/9/1918 9/1918 sunk 16/4/1943

 

Displacement normal, t

785

Displacement full, t

851

Length, m

72.5 wl 73.5 oa

Breadth, m

7.30

Draught, m

2.80

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Tosi steam turbines, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

15500

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

oil 150

Endurance, nm(kts) 2230(12.5)

Armament

4 x 1 - 102/45 SA1917, 2 x 1 - 76/40 A1917, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, 2 x 2 - 450 TT, 10 mines

Complement

78

Ship project history: Repeated Sirtori class. From the latter differed in new 102mm guns with longer bore (45 against 35clb) and replacement of 40mm AA MGs by 76/40mm guns. Because of increased weight of new artillery it was necessary to shrink number of main guns from six to four, however at the expense of placing of part of them at centre line the side salvo was not moderated. In 1929 all were re-rated as torpedo boats.

Modernizations: 1940 - 1942, Angelo Bassini, Enrico Cosenz, Nicola Fabrizzi, Giuseppe La Farina, Giacomo Medici: - (1 - 2) x 1 - 102/45, 2 x 1 - 76/40, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, (0 - 1) x 2 - 450 TT; + 6 x 1 - 20/65 Breda 1940, 0 - 2 DCT

1942, Giuseppe La Masa, Giacinto Carini: - 3 x 1 - 102/45, 2 x 1 - 76/40, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, 1 x 2 - 450 TT; + 4 x 2 - 20/65 Breda 1935, 1 x 3 - 533 TT

1953 - 1954, Giacinto Carini: was converted to fast minesweeper; - 3 x 2 - 20/65, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 1 x 2 - 450 TT; + 1 x 1 - 102/45 Schneider-Armstrong 1917, sweeps, radar

1953 - 1954, Nicola Fabrizzi: was converted to fast minesweeper; new armament consisted of 1 x 1 - 102/45 Schneider-Armstrong 1917, 2 DCT, sweeps, radar

Naval service: Benedetto Cairoli collided 10/4/1918 with Giacinto Carini in Ionian sea.

    Giuseppe la Farina 4/5/1941 was lost on Italian mines at E coast of Tunisia. Giacomo Medici 16/4/1943 was sunk by American aircraft at Catania. Angello Bassini 28/5/1943 was sunk by American aircraft at Leghorn. Giuseppe la Masa 9/9/1943 was captured by German troops and 11/9/1943 blown up at Naples. Enrico Cosenz 27/9/1943 was hard damaged by German aircraft and scuttled by crew in Adriatic sea.

Angelo Bassini post-WWI

Giacinto Carini as rearmed in 1942

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15