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Italian Submarine Domenico Millelire
|Operators:||Regia Marina, Brazilian Navy|
|Displacement:||1,427 tons (surface)
1874 tons (submerged)
|Propulsion:||(surfaced/submerged) diesel / electric , 2 shafts
4900 hp / 2,200 hp (1,600 kW)
|Speed:||16 / 7 knots (surfaced/submerged)|
|Range:||13,000nm at 10 knots (19 km/h)|
|Test depth:||400 ft (120 m)|
|Armament:||1 x 120mm gun
2 x 13.2mm machine guns
6 x 21" torpedo tubes (4 bow, 2 stern)
The Balilla-class were the first submarines to be built for the Italian navy following the end of World War I. They were large ocean-going cruiser submarines designed to operate in the Indian Ocean based in Italy's East African colonies. The design was double-hulled and based on the German Type UE 2 U-boats, one of which, U-120 was supplied to the Italians as a war reparation. A 425 horsepower (317 kW) auxiliary diesel engine was installed as an extra generator.
The boats were stationed in the Mediterranean in 1940 but proved too large to be effective patrol submarines. Their only success was the sinking of the British submarine HMS Triad by Enrico Toti on 15 October 1940. After 1941 they were used as transport submarines to supply Italian forces in North Africa. The surviving boats were scrapped after the war.
All ships were built by OTO in Muggiano.
|Balilla||Giovan Battista Perasso||20 February 1927||Laid up April 1941|
|Domenico Millelire||Domenico Millelire||19 September 1927||Laid up April 1941|
|Antonio Sciesa||Amatore Sciesa||12 August 1928||Damaged September 1942 in Tobruk, Scuttled 12 November 1942|
|Enrico Toti||Enrico Toti||14 April 1928||Laid up April 1943|
- Conway's All the world's Fighting Ships 1922-1946
- page from Battleships-cruisers.co.uk