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Italian torpedo boat Tifone
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Tifone, 4 April 1943
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Name: Tifone
Builder: Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico, Trieste
Laid down: 17 June 1941
Launched: 31 March 1942
Completed: 11 July 1942
Fate: Scuttled 7 May 1943
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Ciclone-class torpedo boat
  • 910 long tons (920 t) standard
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) full load
Length: 82.5 m (270 ft 8 in)
Beam: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)
Draught: 3.77 m (12 ft 4 in)
  • 2 shaft steam turbines
  • 2 Yarrow type boilers
  • 16,000 hp (11,900 kW)
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)
Complement: 154
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar and hydrophones

Tifone was a Ciclone-class torpedo boat that served with the Italian Navy during the Second World War. The vessel entered service on 11 July 1942 and was scuttled on 7 May 1943 at Korbous, Tunisia.

Service historyEdit

Tifone's keel was laid down on 17 June 1941 by Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico at Trieste. The ship was launched on 31 March 1942. Construction was completed on 11 July 1942. She took part, both as escort vessel and supply ship, of the Cigno convoy, which successfully beat off a British destroyer attack on 17 April 1943. Tifone had her fuel bunkers loaded with aviation spirit for Bizerte during the battle.[2] The torpedo boat was severely damaged in harbor by United States Army Air Forces aircraft during the last days of the Tunisian campaign, after carrying out a second fuel delivery mission to Bizerte. The ship was scuttled by her own crew on 7 May 1943 at the small fishing port of Korbous, Tunisia.[3]


  1. Chesneau, p. 303
  2. Colombo, Lorenzo (4 July 2015). "Tifone" (in Italian). 
  3. Fraccaroli, p. 95


  • Chesneau, Roger, ed (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7. 
  • Fraccaroli, Aldo (1974). Italian Warships of World War II. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0002-6. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. London: Cassell Publishing. ISBN 1-85409-521-8. 

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