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DUBROVNIK destroyer (1932)

Dubrovnik 1932

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Дубровник <Dubrovnik> 1585 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK 6/1930 12/10/1931 5/1932 captured by Italy 17/4/1941 (Premuda)


Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

111.1 pp 113.2 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m

3.58 mean 4.10 max

No of shafts



Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

oil 590

Endurance, nm(kts) 7000(15)


4 x 1 - 140/53 Škoda, 1 x 2 - 83/52 Škoda M.29, 2 x 2 - 40/64 Škoda, 2 x 1 - 40/64 Škoda, 2 x 1 - 15/80, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, 40 mines, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (10)



Ship project history: Ordering first rather large combat ship, Yugoslavian Navy was guided on newest French leaders and made following demands to project: moderate dimensions, high speed, considerable endurance, especially made a reservation, that armament should be delivered by Škoda: Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia were included into block "Small Antanta". As possible builders British and French firms were considered, but French shipbuilders have refused because of their obligatory condition to install French guns. From projects offered by British shipbuilders White and Yarrow, latter has been chosen, contract was concluded 4/8/1929. Three sister-ships were supposed to be built on Yugoslavian wharfs, but for the various reasons it was necessary to refuse it. On set of technical data Dubrovnik was closest to French Contre-Torpilleurs and consequently she was frequently classified as destroyer leader, but structurally corresponded to contemporary British destroyers. All artillery was delivered by Škoda. Main guns were developed on the basis of British 140mm/50 MkI guns, but differed by increased bore length. It was necessary to refuse fifth guns because of big weight (15t with a shield). The original project, possibly, under influence of construction of Dutch destroyers, provided presence of seaplane platform, but then it have refused in favour of twin 83.5mm/55 AA gun. On Dubrovnik Yarrow boilers with a lateral arrangement of fire chambers and superheaters (20.3atm) for the first time were installed. Main 42000hp Parsons turbine units were supplemented by separate 900hp Curtiss unit for cruising. On six-hour trials ship shown 37.2kts at 48500hp, and in 1934 in Adriatic she made 40.3kts.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: 17/4/1941 Dubrovnik was captured in Kotor Bay by Italian troops and 25/4/1941 commissioned by Italian Navy as Premuda. 9/9/1943 she was captured by German troops at Genoa and commissioned by Kriegsmarine as TA32. 24/4/1945 she was scuttled at Genoa.

Dubrovnik 1932


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