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Old 03-04-2013, 19:40
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Pietro Venuti and Romeo Romei.

The new U212A Series 2 submarines currently under construction for the Italian navy will be named to honour these two officers.

They will join the Salvatore Todaro and Scire, but incorporate certain refinements on this pair.

This is a joint venture with Germany which will operate U31 - U36.
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Old 05-04-2013, 20:01
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Pietro Venuti was 28 when killed on 24 June 1940.
Born on 10 June 1912, his family were from Codroipo, Udinese. Pietro joined the navy in March 1931 specialising in torpedoes and serving on the destroyer Strale. He then transferred to the submarine service on the Squalo and Scire' before joining his third boat Galvani on 7 Apr 1939, based at Massawa, Eritrea on the Red Sea.
Italy declared war on Britain on 10 June 1940, all the Massawa boats departed from the 15 June to take up their billets in assorted areas.
It was to be a trying and brief period for a few, including the Galvani, Lt Cdr Renato Spano.
Pietro was now a chief petty officer 2nd class torpedoman and was amongst the 26 crew killed when their boat was sunk in action by the Royal Navy sloop HMS Falmouth in the Gulf of Oman. 31 crew survived.
For his actions in the encounter, Pietro was awarded the Gold Medal of Military Valour, posthumously, or the Medaglia d'oro al valor militaire alla memoria.
As this progresses i shall keep the diction in English with modern day geographical locations. For example Massawa was then Massaua in Eritrea, one of the Italian navy second class bases and that which served the Red sea, East Africa and Indian Ocean.
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Romeo Romei with his boats complement of 38 were killed on 31 March 1941 when his command, the submarine Pier Capponi, was despatched by the British minelayer submarine HMS Rorqual, Cdr RH Dewhurst, DSO, RN, just South of the island of Stromboli, North of Sicily in position 38 23N 15 15E.
Born in Castelnuovo, Kotor 14 Aug 1906 Romeo entered the navy in 1924 and joined boats in 1933.
Serving on the Perla during the Spanish Civil War, he later served as CO of the Glauco where he had a number of interesting encounters with British forces, notably on 10 Nov 1940.
As with Pietro, he was awarded the same Gold medal of Military Valour, posthumously.
This will be the 2nd submarine to serve the italian navy named to honour Romeo Romei.
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Salvatore Todaro, lead boat of the 4 Italians, is also named to honour the exploits of an individual who served his Navy & Country in World War 2.

Salvatore was born in Messina 16 Sept 1908, his Naval career commenced 18 Oct 1923 aged 15.
Always a humble and thoughtful man who cared for his fellow beings, his career was almost cut short after an air crash, his injuries serious but which he bore with grace, Salvatore persevered and then joined the submarine service, his advancement being rapid, his talents attracting the hierarchy.
Upon qualifying as a submarine CO, her took command of the sub Luciano Manara, then the larger Cappellini, where he would have success against allied shipping running from Bordeaux.
He would soon acquire the monocle Gentleman of the Seas for his habit of rescuing survivors from ships he had sunk. Admiral Doenitz did not approve, stating there was no place for a Don Quixote of the seas, less so a submarine commander.
In 1942, Salvatore, by his nature, needed a new challenge and joined the Decima MAS or 10th MAS Flotilla.
Whilst in command of the armed trawler Cefalo on the 14 Dec 1942 whilst off La Galite, Tunisia, his ship was strafed by a spitfire.
Salvatore Todaro was killed.
Awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valour
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Fincantieri. La Spezia. Italy.
This pair have now both been rolled out, as is the manner in which construction has developed in recent years, and fitting out will take a further 18 months.
Pietro Venuti, NATO S528, occured on 9th October 2014, completion mid 2016.
Romeo Romei, NATO S529, 4th July 2015, completion early 2017.
This will be 10 years after the earlier pair with 2 Sauro class to pay off.
Italy will maintain 6 operational submarines as currently for the forseeable future.
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Scire'.
The exploits of this boats namesake in WW2 is well documented, Alexandria 12-13 December 1941 was a bad day for the RN in the Med.
http://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...ferrerid=17241
Between 3 October 1935 and the following May Italy was expanding her Empire in what is called the 2nd Italo-Abyssinian or Ethiopian war.
Scire', or Shire, a small town in the North was a resounding defeat for Ethiopia between 29 February-3 March 1936, confronted by the deplorable chemical weapons deployed against them, as elsewhere, this nasty encounter gave the local armies and populace little chance.
The numerous battles were hastily commemorated by the Italians in their 17 Adua '600' ton class submarines whilst the blood still ran in the Ethiopian hills, valleys and villages.
Scire' was sunk under Lt Cdr Bruno Zelich by HMS Islay during operation SL1 off Haifa 10 August 1942 with 7 officers, 42 crew and 11 members of the X Decima Mas.
Her wreck is well known in the diving world.
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Thursday, 7th July 2016.
Pietro Venuti was today delivered on schedule to the Italian Navy by builders Fincantieri from their Muggiano, La Spezia, yard.
She is their 101st submarine and is amongst the oldest boat builders in the World with G D Electric Boat and BAE (Vickers).
Her sister Romeo Romei will follow by mid 2017, 4th of class for Italy.
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