Sauro-class submarine

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Class overview
Operators:  Marina Militare
Preceded by: Toti-class submarine, Tang-class submarine, Tench-class submarine
Succeeded by: Todaro class
In service: 1980
In commission: 1976
Completed: 8
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Displacement: Sauro subclass:[1]
1,456 tons surfaced
1,641 tons submerged
Salvatore Pelosi subclass:[1]
1,476 tons surfaced
1,662 tons submerged
Primo Longobardo subclass:[1]
1,653 tons surfaced
1,862 tons submerged
Length: 63.9-66 m
Beam: 6.83 m
Draught: 5.7-6.3 m
Propulsion: 1 shaft diesel (3,210 hp) plus electric (3,650 hp)
Speed: 12 knots surfaced
19 knots submerged
Range: 7,000 nm
Test depth: 300 m
Complement: 7 officers, 44 men
Armament: 6 x 533 mm torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes or 24 mines carried

The Nazario Sauro class are submarines operated by the Italian Navy. All boats were built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone. There are three sub groups built in four batches:

  • Nazario Sauro class (I-II Sauro batch):
    • S518 Nazario Sauro - completed 1980 - decommissioned 2002 (named after Nazario Sauro); since September 2009, this unit has been a museum ship in Genoa (part of Galata - Museo del mare).[2]
    • S519 Carlo Fecia di Cossato - completed 1980 - decommissioned 2005 (named after Italian World War II submarine commander Carlo Fecia di Cossato)
    • S520 Leonardo da Vinci - completed 1982 - targeted for decommissioning, training activity only (named after Leonardo da Vinci)
    • S521 Guglielmo Marconi - completed 1982 - decommissioned 2003 (named after Guglielmo Marconi)
  • Salvatore Pelosi class or III Sauro batch with improved combat systems:
    • S522 Salvatore Pelosi - completed 1988 - in service - named after Italian World War II submarine commander and war hero Salvatore Pelosi
    • S523 Giuliano Prini - completed 1989 - in service - named after Italian World War II submarine commander and war hero Giuliano Prini
  • Primo Longobardo class or IV Improved Sauro batch:
    • S524 Primo Longobardo - completed 1993 - in service - named after Italian World War II submarine commander and war hero Primo Longobardo
    • S525 Gianfranco Gazzana Priaroggia - completed 1993 - in service - named after Italian World War II submarine commander and war hero Gianfranco Gazzana-Priaroggia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Italian) Classe Sauro, Marina Militare official website, march 2011.
  2. ^ (Italian) Site about the submarine maintained by the genoese museum.
  • (Italian) Sommergibili, Marina Militare official site.
  • Conway, All the World's Fighting ships 1947-1995