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LEONE flotilla leaders (1924)

Tigre 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Leone LE Ansaldo, Genova 23/11/1921 1/10/1923 1/7/1924 wrecked 1/4/1941
Pantera PA Ansaldo, Genova 19/12/1921 18/10/1924 28/10/1924 scuttled 3-4/4/1941
Tigre TI Ansaldo, Genova 23/1/1922 7/8/1924 10/10/1924 scuttled 3-4/4/1941

 

Displacement standard, t

1745

Displacement full, t

2289

Length, m

109.6 wl 113.4 oa

Breadth, m

10.3

Draught, m

3.20 normal 3.60 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

42000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

oil 400

Endurance, nm(kts) 2070(15)

Armament

4 x 2 - 120/45 Schneider-Canet-Armstrong 1918-19, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo 1917, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, 2 x 3 - 450 TT, 60 mines

Complement

204

Ship project history: Development of Carlo Mirabello. In 1917 5 ships were ordered, however because of shortage of materials building has not been begun. In 1920 three ships were repeatedly ordered, but already under the modified project. The number of main guns remained the same, and calibre was raised to 120mm. Guns were placed in twin mounts at centre line, also as triple 450mm TTs. Also two 76mm AA guns were installed.

Two more ships, Leopardo and Lince, were cancelled in October, 1920.

In 1936 already considered become outdated leaders are arranged for colonial service in Red sea, the fuel stowage was slightly increased and 76mm guns were removed. In 1938 they were re-rated from scouts to destroyers.

Modernizations: 1931 - 1932, all: - 2 x 3 - 450 TT; + 2 x 1 - 40/39 Vickers-Terni 1917, 2 x 2 - 533 TT

1936, all: - 2 x 1 - 76/40

1938, all: + 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, displacement was 2150 / 2605 - 2650 t, complement was 206.

1939, all: - 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 4 x 1 - 6.5/80; + 2 x 2 - 20/65 Breda 1935

Naval service: Leone 1/4/1941 ran to an uncharted rock in Red sea and was lost.

Pantere and Tigre were scuttled at night with 3-4/4/1940 on shallow water at shores of Saudi Arabia. Wrecks were destroyed by British aircraft and gunfire of British destroyer Kingston.

Tigre prewar

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14