Yugoslav torpedo boat T7

T7 was a 250t-class torpedo boat built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy in 1910. She saw active service during World War I, performing convoy, patrol, escort and minesweeping tasks. Following Austria-Hungary’s defeat in 1918, 96 F was allocated to the Navy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which later became the Royal Yugoslav Navy. The ship was captured by the Italians during the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. After her main armament was modernised, she served with the Royal Italian Navy under her Yugoslav designation. She was driven aground by British motor torpedo boats in June 1944 and destroyed by the British Army to prevent her salvage.

About Yugoslav torpedo boat T7 in brief

Summary Yugoslav torpedo boat T7T7 was a 250t-class torpedo boat built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy in 1910. She saw active service during World War I, performing convoy, patrol, escort and minesweeping tasks, and anti-submarine operations. Following Austria-Hungary’s defeat in 1918, 96 F was allocated to the Navy of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which later became the Royal Yugoslav Navy. During the interwar period, T7 and the rest of the navy were involved in training exercises and cruises to friendly ports. The ship was captured by the Italians during the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. After her main armament was modernised, she served with the Royal Italian Navy under her Yugoslav designation, conducting coastal and second-line escort duties in the Adriatic. Following the Italian capitulation in September 1943, she was handed over by the Germans to the Army of Independent State of Croatia.

She was driven aground by British motor torpedo boats in June 1944 and destroyed by the British Army to prevent her salvage. T7 was the fifteenth boat of the F-group to be fully completed, and the last of its group to be completed. The boats were powered by two AEG-Curtiss steam turbines driving two propellers, using steam generated by two Yarrow water-tube boilers. They carried 20 tonnes of coal and 34 tonnes of fuel oil, which gave them a range of 1,200 nautical miles at 16 knots. While their designed displacement was 266 tonnes, they displaced about 330 tonnes when fully loaded. They were armed with two Škoda L30 guns, four 450mm torpedo tubes, and could also carry 10–12 naval mines. In 1917, one of the boats was placed on an anti-aircraft mount on each of the Husárár class of destroyer.