Italian R-class submarine
|Displacement:||2,155 tons (surface)
2,560 tons (submerged)
|Tons burthen:||600 tons cargo|
|Propulsion:||(surfaced/submerged) diesel / electric , 2 shafts
2,600 hp / 900 hp
|Speed:||14 / 6.5 knots (surfaced/submerged)|
|Range:||12,000 nm at 9 knots|
|Armament:||2 x 450mm torpedo tubes bow, 3 - 20mm AA guns|
The R-class or Romolo-class were a group of submarines built for the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina Italiana) during World War II. These submarines were designed as blockade running transport submarines for transporting high-value cargo from Europe to Japan and from Japan to Europe. Axis-occupied Europe lacked strategic materials such as tungsten, tin and some commodities such as rubber. The cargo capacity was 600 tons. A limited armament was fitted for self-defense.
Twelve boats were ordered, but only two were completed, by Tosi:
- Remo, named after Remus, launched 28 March 1943 — Sunk by British Submarine HMS United 15 July 1943 in the Gulf of Taranto
- Romolo, named after Romulus, launched 21 March 1943 — Sunk by Allied aircraft near Augusta 18 July 1943.
The remaining 10 hulls were scuttled incomplete and scrapped after the war.
- Italian submarines of World War II
- Merchant submarine
- German submarine Deutschland, an unarmed transport submarine built by Germany in World War I.
- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946