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ROMANIAN NAVY (ROMANIA)

COASTAL FORCES

VIFORUL motor torpedo boats (1939/1940)

Viscolul 1940

Names

1 Viforul (ex-MTB20); 2 Vijelia (ex-MTB21); 3 Viscolul (ex-MTB23)

Builders

Vosper, Portsmouth, UK

Completed

6-12/1939 // 2/1940: Viforul, Vijelia, Viscolul

Losses

Viforul (9/11/1941), Vijelia (9/11/1941), Viscolul (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-955)

Transfers

none

Discarding

none

 

Displacement standard, t

32

Displacement full, t

37

Length, m

21.9

Breadth, m

4.98

Draught, m

1.02 deep load

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Isotta-Fraschini petrol engines

Power, h. p.

3450

Max speed, kts

42

Fuel, t

petrol 7

Armament

2 x 4 - 7.7/66, 2 - 533 TT, 8 DC or 4 mines

Complement

14

Ship project history: Former British MTBs bought by Romania in January, 1940. They were transferred under Romanian flag 16/2/1940, had hull numbers 1-3 respectively. In April-May, 1940 they passed from Portsmouth by French internal waterways to Marseilles where have been loaded onboard of s/s Peles, which arrived in May in 1940 to Galatz. Wooden-hulled.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Viscolul was returned by USSR in September 1945 but never commissioned due to bad condition.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15