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REGIA MARINA (ITALY)

CONVERTED MERCHANT VESSELS

auxiliary minelayers of WWII

Panigaglia 1943

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

FR60 (ex-Castor, ex-Козьма Минин <Koz`ma Minin>) 1916 // 1942 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 3150 / 4576 t 75.2x17.3x6.4 14 3 VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers, 6400 coal 686 4 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 268 mines scuttled 6/5/1943
Panigaglia 10/7/1923 // 12/1924 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines captured by Germany 8/9/1943
Buffoluto 1921-24 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines discarded 1973
Vallelunga 28/5/1924 // 12/1924 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines sunk 9/9/1943

Ship project history: FR60 was former Russian icebreaker, requisitioned by France and converted to minelayer.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: FR60 was scuttled by own crew at Tunisia 6/5/1943. Panigaglia was captured by Germans 8/9/1943 at La Spezia. Vallelunga was scuttled at La Spezia 9/9/1943, later salvaged and recommissioned by Germans as minelayer but 28/5/1944 sunk by Allied aircraft.

FR60

Buffoluto 1942

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