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TARANTO light cruiser (1912 / 1920)


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Taranto 1940

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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Taranto (ex-Strassburg)     KMW Wilhelmshaven, Germany 4.1910 24.8.1911 9.10.1912 // 20.7.1920 scuttled 9.9.1943


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

4564

Displacement full, t

5281

Length, m

136.0 wl 138.7 oa

Breadth, m

13.5

Draught, m

5.06 deep load

No of shafts2
Machinery

2 Marine steam turbines, 16 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

27000

Max speed, kts

27.5

Fuel, t

coal 1200 + oil 106

Endurance, nm(kts)5820(12)
Armour, mm

belt: 60 - 18, shields: 50, deck: 40 - 20 with 60 - 40-mm slopes; CT: 100 sides, 20 roof

Armament

7 x 1 - 149/43 SK L/45 C/09, 2 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 2 x 1 - 500 TT, 2 - 500 TT sub (beam, 5), 120 mines

Complement

486



Standard scale images


<i>Taranto</i> 1940
Taranto 1940
<i>Taranto</i> 1920
Taranto 1920


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<i>Taranto</i> 1940
Taranto 1940


Project history


Ex-German Strassburg (Magdeburg class) received by reparations 20.7.1920 but commissioned by navy only 2.6.1925.

Ship protection


60mm belt protected machinery and magazines (about 80 % of ship length), its thickness decreased to 18mm at fwd part, there was 40mm transverse bulkhead between 60mm and 18mm parts of the belt, aft part of waterline was unprotected. 40-20mm armour deck was connected with lower edge of the belt by 60-40mm slopes. Guns were protected by 50mm shields, ammo tubes had 20mm armour.

Modernizations


(1921 - 1924): - 2 x 1 - 88/42; + 2 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo 1917

1926: + 1 seaplane (M.7, CANT.24 from 1931)

(1936 - 1937): 2 boilers with fore funnel were removed (13000hp, 21kts, 1330t of coal + 130t of oil); - 2 x 1 - 500 TT, 2 - 500 TT; + 2 x 2 - 13.2/76

1940 - 1941: + 4 x 2 - 20/65 Breda 1935, 3 x 2 - 13.2/76

Naval service


In 1942 Taranto was laid up into reserve. 9.9.1943 she was scuttled by own crew at La Spezia to avoid capture, raised by Germans and sunk again 23.10.1943 by Allied aircraft. She was raised by Germans, but 23.9.1944 sunk by Allied aircraft at third time. Later wreck was salvaged and BU.