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BALILLA medium submarine (1915)

Balilla 1916

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Balilla (ex-U42)   FIAT-San Giorgio, La Spezia 8/1913 4/8/1915 8/1915 sunk 14/7/1916

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

728 / 875

Length, m

65.0

Breadth, m

6.05

Draught, m

4.17

No of shafts

2

Machinery

FIAT diesels / Siemens electric motors

Power, h. p.

2600 / 900

Max speed, kts

14 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(10) / 85(3)

Armament

2 x 1 - 76/30 A1914, 4 - 450 TT (2 bow, 2 stern, 6)

Complement

38

Diving depth operational, m 50

Ship project history: Designed by Fiat-San Giorgio Yards, this boat had been ordered in 1913 by the German Navy and her name was to be U42, but her hull, not yet launched, was requisitioned by the Italian Navy in June 1915. Renamed Balilla under Italian colours.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Balilla sunk in the Adriatic, NW of Lissa Island, 14/7/1916, by gunfire and torpedoes from the Austrian torpedo-boats 65 F and 66 F.

Balilla 1915

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014