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REGIA MARINA / ITALIAN NAVY (ITALY)

SUBMARINES

GOFFREDO MAMELI medium submarines (1929)

Pier Capponi 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Pier Capponi   Tosi, Taranto 8/1925 19/6/1927 1/1929 sunk 31/3/1941
Giovanni da Procida   Tosi, Taranto 9/1925 1/4/1928 1/1929 discarded 2/1948
Goffredo Mameli (ex-Masaniello)   Tosi, Taranto 8/1925 9/12/1926 1/1929 discarded 2/1948
Tito Speri   Tosi, Taranto 9/1925 25/5/1928 8/1929 discarded 2/1948
  

Displacement standard, t

786

Displacement normal, t

810 / 993

Length, m

64.6

Breadth, m

6.51

Draught, m

4.30

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Tosi diesels / CGE electric motors

Power, h. p.

3000 / 1100

Max speed, kts

17.2 / 7.7

Fuel, t

diesel oil 48

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(8) / 110(3)

Armament

6 - 533 TT (4 bow, 2 stern, 10), 1 x 1 - 102/35 Schneider-Armstrong 1914-15, 2 x 1 - 13.2/76

Complement

49

Diving depth operational, m 100

Ship project history: Project was developed by builder with usage of experience of former German submarines service, received by Italy after the First World War. Partially double-hulled. As a whole successful boats which have become the sample for subsequent submarines of the Italian fleet. Insufficient stability was unique appreciable defect of this class. For correction of it soon after the completion all four ships received external bulges. The  speed was lowered from 17.2/7.7 to 15/7.5kts.

Modernizations: 1930, all: bulges were fitted, max speed was 15 / 7.5 kts.

1942, all survived: diesels were replaced by new Tosi engines (4000bhp, 17kts surfaced)

Naval service: Pier Capponi was sunk 31/3/1941 S of Stromboli by British submarine Rorqual.

Pier Capponi at war

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14