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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

TORPEDO SHIPS

MELILLA destroyers (1917-1920/1937)

Melilla 1938

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Melilla (ex-Falco, ex-Viscol)   Pattison, Naples, Italy 3/1914 26/7/1916 2/1917 // 10/1937 stricken 11/1950
Ceuta (ex-Aquila, ex-Vifor)   Pattison, Naples, Italy 8/1916 16/8/1919 1/1920 // 10/1937 stricken 4/1948
  

Displacement standard, t

1410

Displacement full, t

1820

Length, m

94.3 wl 94.7 oa

Breadth, m

9.47

Draught, m

3.35 normal 3.60 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Tosi steam turbines, 5 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

oil 270

Endurance, nm(kts)

1700(15)

Armament

2 x 2 - 120/45 Schneider-Canet-Armstrong 1918-19, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo 1917, 4 x 1 - 6.5/80, 2 x 2 - 450 TT, 50 mines, 1 DCR

Complement

160

Ship project history: Former Italian destroyers, ordered in Italy by Romania in number of four in 1913, after introduction of Italy into the First World War they were requisitioned by Italian Government 5/6/1915 and completed for Italian Navy as "esploratori" ("scouts"). In 1920 two ships were redeemed by Romania, two (Aquila, ex-Vifor) and (Falco, ex-Viscol) remained Italian. In September, 1937 they were bought by Government of Spanish Nationalists and transferred to Spanish crews 10/10/1937. For concealment of fact of purchase both ship up to termination of Civil war stood out for Nationalists destroyer Velasco, in this connection till 1939 they carried fictitious double names Velasco-Melilla and Velasco-Ceuta and for similarity with Velasco false fourth funnel was installed. They were officially stricken by Italian Navy only 6/1/1939.
    By the moment of acquisition by Nationalists both ships were in bad technical condition and had worn out machinery in which constantly there were accidents. They differed also by small endurance.

Modernizations: 1938, both: + 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/30

Naval service: After 1939 both served mainly as TSs.

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