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ROMANIAN NAVY (ROMANIA)

TORPEDO SHIPS

REGELE FERDINAND destroyers (1930)

Regele Ferdinand 1939

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Regele Ferdinand RF, 1952- D21, 1956- D1, 1959- D9 Pattison, Naples, Italy 6/1927 2/12/1928 9/1930 captured by USSR 5/9/1944 (Лихой <Likhoy>), returned 7/1951, stricken 4/1961
Regina Maria RM, 1952- D22, 1956- D2, 1959- D10 Pattison, Naples, Italy 6/1927 2/3/1929 9/1930 captured by USSR 5/9/1944 (Летучий <Letuchiy>), returned 7/1951, stricken 4/1961
 

Displacement standard, t

1400

Displacement full, t

1850

Length, m

102.0

Breadth, m

9.60

Draught, m

3.51

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

52000

Max speed, kts

37

Fuel, t

oil 480

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(15)

Armament

5 x 1 - 120/50 Bofors Mk 4, 1 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo M1917, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, 2 DCR (40), 50 mines

Complement

212

Ship project history: In the mid-1920s Romania found means for building of two new destroyers. Order was placed in Italy on Pattison, built previous Marasti class. This builder had communications with British shipbuilders, and frequently its projects were based on British experience. As prototype one of the best of contemporary ships, British leader Shakespeare, was chosen. Drawings were developed with help of Thornycroft. Though on main guns new ships corresponded to a prototype and Marasti class, guns were more strong 120mm/50 Bofors with 45° maximum elevation angle. Italian 533mm torpedoes were used in Romanian Navy for the first time. Significant difference from British prototype became machinery arrangement en echelon with Parsons geared turbines, made under licence by STT. On trials both ships reached 38kts. 7/9/1930 Regele Ferdinand and Regina Maria arrived to Constanza and were commissioned officially.

Modernizations: 1930s, both: + 2 x 1 - 40/67 Škoda

1939, both: + 2 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT

1943, both: - 1 x 1 - 76/40; + 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, S-Gerät sonar

early 1944, both: - 1 x 1 - 120/50; + 1 x 1 - 88/42 SK C/30

Naval service: Regele Ferdinand was damaged by Soviet aircraft at Sevastopol 11/5/1944, repeatedly received seriously damages 20/8/1944 during raid of Soviet aircraft to Constanza. 5/9/1944 Regele Ferdinand and Regina Maria were captured Soviet troops at Constanza and 14/9/1944 commissioned by Soviet Navy as Likhoy and Letuchiy. 3/7/1951 both were returned to Romania.

 

Regele Ferdinand 1935

 

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