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SUBMARINES

MARCELLO and COMANDANTE CAPPELLINI large submarines (1938-1939)

Barbarigo 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Marcello class
Barbarigo   CRDA, Monfalcone 2/1937 13/6/1938 9/1938 sunk probably 17-19/6/1943
Dandolo   CRDA, Monfalcone 6/1937 20/11/1937 3/1938 discarded 3/1947
Emo   CRDA, Monfalcone 2/1937 26/6/1938 10/1938 scuttled 10/11/1942
Marcello   CRDA, Monfalcone 1/1937 20/11/1937 3/1938 sunk perhaps 22/2/1941
Mocenigo   CRDA, Monfalcone 1/1937 20/11/1937 8/1938 sunk 13/5/1943
Morosini   CRDA, Monfalcone 3/1937 28/7/1938 11/1938 sunk probably 11/8/1942
Nani   CRDA, Monfalcone 1/1937 16/1/1938 9/1938 sunk probably 7/1/1941
Provana   CRDA, Monfalcone 2/1937 16/3/1938 6/1938 sunk 17/6/1940
Veniero   CRDA, Monfalcone 1/1937 12/2/1938 6/1938 sunk probably 7/6/1942
Comandante Cappellini class
Comandante Cappellini   OTO, Muggiano 4/1938 14/5/1939 9/1939 captured by Japanese 10/9/1943 (German UIT24)
Comandante Faà di Bruno   OTO, Muggiano 4/1938 18/6/1939 10/1939 sunk probably 8/11/1940
  

Displacement standard, t

955 - 962

Displacement normal, t

1043 / 1290

Length, m

73.0

Breadth, m

7.19

Draught, m

5.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

CRDA diesels / CRDA electric motors

Mocenigo, Veniero, Comandante Cappellini, Comandante Faà di Bruno: Fiat diesels / CRDA electric motors

Power, h. p.

3600 / 1100

Max speed, kts

17.4 / 8

Fuel, t

diesel oil 108

Endurance, nm(kts) 8000(8) / 120(3)

Armament

8 - 533 TT (4 bow, 4 stern, 16), 2 x 1 - 100/47 OTO 1938, 2 x 2 - 13.2/76

Complement

57

Diving depth operational, m 100

Ship project history: Development of Glauco. Single-hulled with external bulges. Best Italian large submarines of WWII-era: fast, with good underwater manoeuvrability. A weak place, the general for all contemporary Italian submarines, was an insufficient stability at surfacing/diving.

In 1943 Barbarigo and Comandante Cappellini were converted to transport submarines for routes to Japan.

Modernizations: 1943, Barbarigo, Comandante Cappellini: were converted to transports (50 t of ammunition, 80 t of petrol).

Naval service: Provana was sunk 17/6/1940 near Oran by ramming of French sloop La Curieuse. Comandante Faà di Bruno was lost in November, 1940 in Atlantic, probably sunk by British destroyer Havelock. Nani was sunk in North Atlantic 7/1/1941 by British corvette Anemone. Marcello was sunk in North Atlantic by escort ships 22/2/1942. Veniero was sunk in Mediterranean 7/6/1942, possibly, by aircraft. Morosini was lost in August-September, 1942 in bay of Biscay. Emo was sunk N of Alger by British armed trawler Lord Nuffield 10/11/1942. Mocenigo was sunk 15/5/1943 at Cagliari by American bombers. Barbarigo was sunk 16 or 19/6/1943 in bay of Biscay by Allied aircraft. Comandante Cappellini was captured 10/9/1943 by Japan at Sabang, transferred to Germany, renamed UIT24, 10/5/1945 she was re-captured by Japan, commissioned as I503, surrendered at Kobe 2/9/1945 and broken up in 1946.

Barbarigo 1942

Comandante Cappellini 1939

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14