Glauco-class submarine

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Class overview
Name: Glauco-class
Builders: CRDA
Operators:  Regia Marina
 Marina Militare
In commission: 1935–1948
Completed: 2
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 1,055 long tons (1,072 t) surfaced
1,325 long tons (1,346 t) submerged
Length: 73 m (239 ft 6 in)
Beam: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
Draught: 5.12 m (16 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: Diesel/electric:
2 Fiat diesel engines
2 CRDA electric motors
Speed: 17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h) surfaced
8 knots (9.2 mph; 15 km/h) submerged
Range: Surfaced:
2,825 nmi (5,232 km) at 17 kn (31 km/h)
9,750 nmi (18,060 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h)
Submerged:
8 nmi (15 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h)
110 nmi (200 km) at 3 kn (6 km/h)
Test depth: 90 m (295 ft)
Complement: 57
Armament: 8 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 4 stern)
2 × 100 mm (3.9 in)/47 calibre guns
2 × 13.2 mm (0.52 in) machine guns

The Glauco-class was a class of two submarines built by CRDA in Trieste for the Royal Italian Navy (Italian: Regia Marina). The submarines had initially been ordered by the Portuguese government in 1931, but were finished for the Regia Marina when Portugal cancelled the order. Both boats were launched and commissioned in 1935, and both boats saw action in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. Glauco was badly damaged by the British destroyer HMS Wishart and scuttled by own crew as inoperable on the 27 June 1941, west of Gibraltar; Otaria was surrendered to the Allies in 1943 and used as a target by the Royal Navy in Malta until it was sent to the junkyard in 1948.

Class members[edit]

  • Glauco
  • Otaria

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Erminio Bagnasco, Submarines of World War Two, Cassell & Co, London. 1977 ISBN 1-85409-532-3