Italian submarines in World War Two

FR 113 (ex-Requin)
FR 113

TypeOcean going 
ClassRequin (36) 
Laid down 14 Jun 1922 Arsenal de Cherbourg (Cherbourg, France) 
Launched19 Jul 1924
Commissioned20 Jan 1943
End service
Loss date9 Sep 1943
Loss position44° 24'N, 8° 55'E
History French submarine Requin. Captured by the Italians while disarmed at Bizerta on 8th December 1942. Scuttled on 9th September 1943. Later raised by the Germans and broken up.


CommanderDate fromDate toCommand notes
T.V. Giovanni Celeste17 Jan 194322 Jan 1943
T.V. Giandaniele Asquini18 Jun 194313 Jul 1943
T.V. Carlo Girola13 Jul 194324 Jul 1943

Ships hit

No ships hit by this submarine.

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
BizertaBizertaCaptured by the Germans at Bizerta in December 1942. Allocated to Italian Navy.

Celeste, Giovanni18 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)18 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)Trials interrupted by defects.
  18 Jan 19432200
(0) At Ferryville.
At 2200 hours, the submarine crew witnessed a heavy air raid which caused fires very near her, but FR.113 was unscathed.

Celeste, Giovanni19 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)19 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)Successful trials in the lake of Bizerta.

Celeste, Giovanni20 Jan 19430657Ferryville (Bizerta)22 Jan 19430340Naples328Passage Bizerta-Naples with Espadon, escorted by the torpedo boat Cascino (who towed Requin part of the way) and later by the torpedo boats Animoso and Ardito. On 8th February 1943, she was assigned to the La Spezia command.

Celeste, Giovanni20 Feb 1943Naples20 Feb 1943NaplesThe submarine was in Naples when an air raid by the USAAF caused slight damage. Two ratings were killed.
  20 Feb 1943
(0) Naples harbour.
During the day, the harbour came under heavy air attack from the USAAF. The submarine ex-French Requin (later renamed FR.113) was slightly damaged from splinters and had two ratings killed (Mario Cali and Guerrino Fabbi).

11 Jun 19431445Naples11 Jun 19431800Naples14Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele19 Jun 19431515Naples19 Jun 19431715Naples10,8Trials.

Asquini, Giandaniele22 Jun 19431320Naples22 Jun 19431740Naples26,5Trials.

Asquini, Giandaniele26 Jun 19430850Naples26 Jun 19431620Naples39Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele30 Jun 19430900Naples30 Jun 19431420Naples31Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele2 Jul 19430725Naples2 Jul 19431140Naples10Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele6 Jul 19430740Naples6 Jul 19431130Naples21Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele8 Jul 19430750Naples8 Jul 19431150Naples30Exercises.

Asquini, Giandaniele10 Jul 19430850Naples10 Jul 19431335Naples31Exercises.

10 Aug 1943Castellamare di Stabbia10 Aug 1943Castellamare di StabbiaAt Castellamare di Stabbia.
  10 Aug 19430100
(0) At Castellamare di Stabbia.
At 0100 hours, the submarine base at Castellamare di Stabbia (outside Naples) came under shelling from the light cruisers HMS Aurora, HMS Penelope, HMS Sirius and HMS Dido and four destroyers.

FR.113 was hit aft and damaged, so were the light cruiser Giulio Germanico, the corvettes Libellula, Farfalla, Cicala and Grillo.

5 Sep 19430304Castellammare di Stabia6 Sep 19430115CivitavecchiaPassage Castellammare di Stabia-Civitavecchia.

6 Sep 19430520Civitavecchia6 Sep 19431840LivornoPassage Civitavecchia-Livorno.

7 Sep 19430515Livorno7 Sep 19431540GenoaPassage Livorno-Genoa.

9 Sep 1943Genoa9 Sep 1943ScuttledScuttled by Italians. Later refloated by the Germans and broken up. They referred to her as of Yugoslav BAJAMONTI class.

19 entries. 19 total patrol entries (0 marked as war patrols) and 3 events.

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