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Lanciere

CountryItaly
Ship ClassSoldati-class Destroyer
Builder NameCT Riva Trigoso, Liguria, Italy
Commissioned25 Mar 1939
Sunk23 Mar 1942
Displacement1,620 tons standard; 2,550 tons full
Length350 feet
Beam33 feet
Draft10 feet
MachineryThree Yarrow boilers, two Belluzzo or Parsons type turbines, two shafts
Power Output48,000 SHP
Speed38 knots
Range2,200nm at 20 knots
Crew206
Armament2x2x120mm guns, 1x120mm starshell gun, 12x13.2mm machine guns, 6x533mm torpedo tubes

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ww2dbaseDestroyer Lanciere was named after lancers. She sailed from Messina, Sicily, Italy on 22 Mar 1942 to take part in the Battle of Sirte. En route, at 1000 hours, bad weather caused her to reduce her speed to 30 knots. By the afternoon, an estimated force 6 to 7 winds slowed her to 26 knots, and soon it was reduced to 22 knots. As waves splashed overboard, her fuel became contaminated with sea water, which led to her engines to stop at 2245 hours, and took about 30 minutes to get her underway again, moving only on one shaft. In the morning of 23 Mar, the flood waters she took on began to pose real dangers, and she sent out a SOS message at 0958 hours. Shortly after, she was hit by a very large wave, sending a large amount of water over the stern. She sank by the stern a few minutes later at 1017 hours. Later analysis blamed weak hatches, doors, and ventilation openings for the large amounts of flood water taken on during the storm. Furthermore, the contamination of fuel suggested a possible split in the hull plating. There were only five survivors.

ww2dbaseSources: Warship 2009, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Dec 2009

Lanciere Operational Timeline

25 Mar 1939 Lanciere was commissioned into service.




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1. LaDonna Baroni says:
20 Apr 2018 07:36:48 AM

My father-in-Law, Germano G Baroni, was on board the Lanciere during the blockade at Malta. Just wanting to know more about this battle, and the Italian survivors of the Second Battle of Sirte Gulf

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