Croatia,Adriatic Sea

The destroyer Kawakaze ( Japanese: 江風 ) was laid down at Jarrow Shipbuilding Ltd in Glasgow in 1913 for the Japanese navy. Due to high work load and the outbreak of first world war, she got delayed. Italy who in the mean time had joined the war on the Entente side had great need for new warships, and persuaded Japan to sell them the unfinished destroyer in 1916. In September the same year she was launched as Intrepido, but shortly after they changed the name to Audace. She did service in the Adriatic sea during first world war. In 1929 she was modified and classified as a torpedo boat. In 1940 the weapons on board were reduced and she was assigned the role as an escort. From 1940 til 1943 she did service as an escort in the Adriatic sea. In September 1943 Italy under Mussolini had come to an end, and the Italian navy surrendered to the Allies. Audace left Trieste 9.September to surrender to the Allies in south Italy, but due to engine problems she had to sail for Venice where she was captured by the Germans. Kriegsmarine renamed her TA 20 and equipped her with better anti aircraft guns. 1.November 1944 she was sunk together with two corvettes by British forces near the island of Pag. The wreck was found in 1999 and rest today on a depth of 72 to 78 meter.

Former names:
TA 20
287,4 x 27,6 x 8,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1250 grt
Glasgow ( UK ) 1916
Trieste ( IT )

Picture: Audace
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Last updated: June 2019