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Aldo Antonicelli
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The Ardito was a “torpediniera” (torpedo boat) of the Ciclone class. You may find information about this class at the following website URL:
http://www.regiamarinaitaliana.it (click on Le Navi then scroll down to Le Navi de Carta section, click on “Ciclone”) Unfortunately this site is in the Italian language only.
The 16 ships of the Ciclone class (also referred to as the Aliseo class) were wartime constructions built in 1942-1943 which incorporated all the lessons learned by the Regia Marina during the first years of war. By then, their main role was that of convoy escort rather than fleet units.
Differences in the armament effectively put the 16 ships of the class in three groups.
The Ardito was launched on 16 March 1942; in September 1943, following the Italian Armistice, she was captured by the Germans who renamed her TA25, the TA standing for Torpedoboot Ausland (Torpedo boat, Foreigner); she was sunk in the night of 20/21 June 1944 by a USN P.T. in an engagement following a mine-laying operation.
Her characteristics were as follows:
Displacement: 1160 (standard). 1800 (full load)
Dimensions: Length 89.5m. Beam: 9.90m. Draught: 3.8m.
Machinery: 2 boilers. Geared steam turbines. 2 shafts. 16,000HP.
Speed: 25 knots
Armament: 2-100/47 guns in single mounts; 12-20/65 AA guns (3×2 , 2×1, 1×4 mounts);
4-450mm torpedo tubes (2×2 mounts); 2 stern racks for depth-charges; 4 depth-charge throwers of German make. Tracks for mines were provided.
Crew: 8 officers + 162 other ranks.
The Ardito’s group comprised the following ships: Animoso, Ardito, Ardimentoso, Intrepido.
The sister ships Ghibli, Impavido, Impetuoso, Indomito, Monsone had 3-100/47 guns. The Ardito’s group lacked the “A” mount.
References to Ardito’s war activities may be found in ‘Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945’ by J.Rohwer and G.Hummelchen.
Aldo Antonicelli
[editor’s note: ‘Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945: the naval history of World War Two’ by Jurgen Rohwer and Gerhard Hummelchen, is a well-received history, translated into English by Derek Masters and published in 1972-74, 1992, and revised and expanded 3rd edn. by Chatham 2005].