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Italian R class submarine

The R-class or Romolo-class were a group of submarines built for the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina Italiana) during World War II. These submarines were designed as blockade running transport submarines for transporting high-value cargo from Europe to Japan and from Japan to Europe. Axis-occupied Europe lacked strategic materials such as tungsten and tin and some commodities such as rubber. The cargo capacity was 600 tons. A limited armament was fitted for self defence.

Ships

Twelve boats were ordered, but only two were completed, by Tosi:

  • Remo, named after Remus, launched 28 March 1943 Sunk by British Submarine HMS United 15 July 1943 in the Gulf of Taranto
  • Romolo, named after Romulus, launched 21 March 1943 Sunk by Allied aircraft near Augusta 18 July 1943.

The remaining 10 hulls were scuttled incomplete and scrapped after the war.

See also

References

  • Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946

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