Italian submarines in World War Two

Remo (RE)

ClassR 1 (33) 
Laid down 5 Sep 1942 Cantieri Navale Tosi di Taranto, Taranto
Launched28 Mar 1943
Commissioned19 Jun 1943
End service
Loss date15 Jul 1943
Loss position39° 19'N, 17° 30'E
Fate Torpedoed and sunk on 15th July 1943 in the Gulf of Taranto in position 39°19'N, 17°30'E by the submarine HMS United.


CommanderDate fromDate toCommand notes
T.V. Salvatore Vassallo19 Jun 194315 Jul 1943

Ships hit

No ships hit by this submarine.

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
16 Apr 19431210Taranto16 Apr 19431808TarantoTrials.

20 Apr 19430814Taranto20 Apr 19431555TarantoTrials.

21 Apr 19430825Taranto21 Apr 19431413TarantoTrials.

23 Apr 19430814Taranto23 Apr 19431457TarantoTrials.

3 May 19431155Taranto3 May 19431218TarantoTrials.

5 May 19430918Taranto5 May 19431720TarantoTrials.

3 Jun 19430830Taranto3 Jun 19431821TarantoTrials.

4 Jun 19430742Taranto4 Jun 19431256TarantoTrials.

7 Jun 19431345Taranto7 Jun 19431825TarantoTrials.

9 Jun 19430710Taranto9 Jun 19431447TarantoTrials.

12 Jun 19430820Taranto12 Jun 19431207TarantoTrials.

Vassallo, Salvatore21 Jun 19430800Taranto21 Jun 19431820Taranto60Exercises.

Vassallo, Salvatore27 Jun 19431215Taranto27 Jun 19432129Taranto50Exercises with the torpedo boat Fabrizi and the auxiliary Claretta.

Vassallo, Salvatore29 Jun 19431040Taranto29 Jun 19432100Taranto70Exercises.

Vassallo, Salvatore1 Jul 19431152Taranto1 Jul 19432040TarantoExercises.

Vassallo, Salvatore2 Jul 19430645Taranto2 Jul 19431155TarantoExercises with the submarine Romolo and the torpedo boats Pegaso and Partenope.

Vassallo, Salvatore11 Jul 19430433Taranto11 Jul 19431945TarantoExercises.

Vassallo, Salvatore13 Jul 19430610Taranto14 Jul 19430640Taranto400Exercises [mileage estimated since 1st July].

1Vassallo, Salvatore15 Jul 19431221Taranto15 Jul 19431830SunkOn passage Taranto-Naples. Attacked by HMS United with four torpedoes and sunk. She was to have been loaded with ammunition on 5th July to sail on 10th July for Augusta, but the invasion of Sicily brought a change in plan.
  15 Jul 19431830
1831B (e)

(e) 38° 19'N, 17° 30'E
At about 1830 hours, Remo was proceeding on the surface when she was struck by a torpedo and sunk.

The culprit was the submarine HMS United (Lieutenant John Charles Young Roxburgh, DSC, RN). She was part of a barrage line (with HMS Unbroken, HMS Unshaken, HMS Uproar and ORP Dzik) at the entrance of the Gulf of Taranto, deployed at the beginning of Operation HUSKY (the invasion of Sicily).

At 1809B hours, the British submarine had sighted an object at a distance of 4 miles. Five minutes, later it was identified as an Italian submarine steering 140° at 10 knots and it was not zigzagging. United crossed the enemy's bow and made a turn to get the sun behind her.

At 1831B hours, United fired four torpedoes from a range of 500 yards. The first torpedo missed ahead, but the second and third torpedoes hit 31 and 41 seconds after the first torpedo was fired. The U-boat was seen to rise out of the water at an angle of 60° then sank stern first in about 45 seconds.

At 1836B hours, four survivors were seen through the periscope. Thirteen minutes later, the British submarine surfaced to pick them up. They were T.V. Salvatore Vassallo, his navigating officer and two ratings. Five officers and fifty ratings perished.

19 entries. 19 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.

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