home

fighting ships of the world

REGIA MARINA (ITALY)

SUBMARINES

FR112 ex-French medium submarine minelayers

Rubis 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
FR112 (ex-Saphir)   Arsenal de Toulon, France 11/1925 20/12/1928 9/1930 // --- repair incomplete, recharging station 4/1943
FR116 (ex-Turquoise)   Arsenal de Toulon, France 1926 16/5/1929 9/1930 // --- repair incomplete, scuttled 6/5/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

669

Displacement normal, t

761 / 925

Length, m

64.9 pp 65.9 oa

Breadth, m

7.20

Draught, m

4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Normand-Vickers diesels / electric motors

Power, h. p.

1300 / 1000

Max speed, kts

12 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil 75

Endurance, nm(kts) 7000(7.5) / 80(4)

Armament

2 - 550 TT (bow, 4), 1 x (1 - 533 + 2 - 400) TT (1 + 2), 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1928, 1 x 2 - 13.2/76, 32 mines

Complement 42
Diving depth operational, m 80

Ship project history: After Allied landing in the North Africa in November, 1942 German troops captured French ships based at Bizerte and transferred nine submarines to Italy in December, 1942.

    French Saphir class submarines Saphir, Turquoise and Nautilus, first two were renamed FR112 and FR116 respectively but never commissioned by Italians. Nautilus was sunk at Bizerte by Allied aircraft in January, 1943. FR112 was towed off to Naples and since April, 1943 was used as battery recharging station, FR116 was scuttled at Bizerte 6/5/1943. Nautilus was never allocated to the navy.

Turquoise

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14