Maestrale-class destroyer

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Destroyer Scirocco at anchor
Class overview
Operators:  Regia Marina
 Marina Militare
Built: 1931–1934
In commission: 1934–1954
Completed: 4
Lost: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,417 long tons (1,440 t) standard
2,219 long tons (2,255 t) full load
Length: 106.7 m (350 ft 1 in)
Beam: 10.15 m (33 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.31 m (10 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Parsons type geared turbines
3 Yarrow type small-tube oil-fired boilers
44,000 hp (32,800 kW)
Speed: 38 knots (44 mph; 70 km/h)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 191
Armament: as built
4 × 120 mm (4.7 in) guns (2×2)[1]
2 × 40 mm pom-pom guns
4 × 13.2 mm machine guns
6 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (2×3)
56 mines

The Maestrale class were a group of destroyers built for the Italian Navy and served in World War II. They were an enlarged version of the Dardo class destroyers. They were 10 m longer and introduced new pattern 120 mm guns. They formed the basis for subsequent Italian destroyer designs; the Oriani and Soldati classes.

Ships[edit]

  • Maestrale
Built by CT Riva Trigoso,
completed 2 September 1934.
Damaged by a mine on 9 January 1943, She was scuttled on 9 September 1943 during the Italian Armistice while being repaired in Genoa.
  • Grecale
Built by CNR Ancona,
completed 15 November 1934.
She survived the war and served in the Marina Militare until 1954.
  • Libeccio
Built by CNR Ancona,
completed 23 November 1934.
She was sunk on 9 November 1941 by the British submarine Upholder.
  • Scirocco -
Built by CT Riva Trigoso,
Completed 21 October 1934.
Sunk in a storm following the Second Battle of Sirte on 23 March 1942, with only two survivors among the 236-strong crew.

Sources[edit]

  • Whitley, M.H. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Cassell Publishing. ISBN 1-85409-521-8. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, John (1985). Naval Weapons of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. pp. 335–338. ISBN 0-87021-459-4. 

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