Italian torpedo boat Albatros

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History
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Name: Albatros
Owner: Regia Marina
Builder: Cantieri Navali del Tirreno e Riuniti[1]
Laid down: November 1931[2]
Launched: 27 May 1934[2]
Commissioned: November 1934[2]
Fate: Sunk 27 September 1941[2]
General characteristics
Length: 70.5 m[2]
Beam: 6.90 m[2]
Draught: 1.71 m[2]
Installed power: 4000 s.h.p.[1]
Propulsion: 2 twin screw steam propulsion engines[1]
Speed: 24.5 knots[1]
Endurance: 1420 nautical miles at 14 knots[2]
Complement: 187[2]

Albatros was a torpedo boat of the Regia Marina which served in World War II. She fought in the Mediterranean Sea and was sunk by HMS Upright in 1941. Albatros was the first project to create a specialised antisubmarine vessel.[2] In 1939 became the first Italian ship with a sonar (ecogoniometro in Italian).

Service[edit]

After being fired upon by the British submarine Phoenix on 16 July 1940,[3] Albatros counter-attacked with depth charges and destroyed her.[4] She was torpedoed and sunk by the British U-class submarine Upright on 27 September 1941.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Allen, Tony. "RM Albatros (+1941)". Wreck Site. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Gogin, Ivan. "Albatros torpedo boat". Navypedia. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Chanter, Allen; C. Peter Chen; Thomas Houlihan; David Stubblebine. "16 Jul in WW2 History". World War II Database. Lava Development. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Rohwer, Jürgen (1972). Chronology of the war at sea, 1939-1945: the naval history of World War II. London: Chatham Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 1-59114-119-2.