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D 561  -  ITS Francesco Mimbelli

 

 

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Type, Class:

 

Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; De la Penne - class

Builder:

 

Fincantieri SpA, Riva Trigoso, Italy

STATUS:

 

Laid down: November 15, 1989

Launched: April 13, 1991

Commissioned: October 18, 1993

IN SERVICE

Homeport:

 

 

Namesake:

 

Francesco Mimbelli (April 16, 1903 in Livorno - January 26, 1978 in Rome)  was an

Italian Naval officer who fought in World War II. He retired as a Vice Admiral in 1964

Ship’s Motto:

 

AUDENDUM EST

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Durand de la Penne - class Guided Missile Destroyer

 

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Francesco Mimbelli (April 16, 1903 - January 26, 1978):

  

Francesco Mimbelli was an Italian Naval officer who fought in World War II.

He was born in Livorno and died in Rome.

service history:

Crete
Mimbelli was a commander of a Torpedo boat destroyer flotilla which fought in the Battle of Crete he was responsible for defending a convoy of two thousand Germans going to Crete in the face of superior British forces. Although the odds were heavily stacked against them (one torpedo boat against the seven ships of Force D) more than two thirds of the convoy survived due to Mimbelli's maneuvers.

Black Sea
He was also the commander of the Italian naval force based in the Black Sea, where he commanded a force of MAS boats. The Italian flotilla was responsible for sinking two submarines and a transport ship. They also torpedoed the Soviet cruiser Molotov which was not repaired until after the end of the conflict.

Post War
In 1946 Mimbelli was appointed captain of the Cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi. He was subsequently promoted to Rear Admiral and became commander of the Italian Naval Academy. He retired as a Vice Admiral in 1964.

 

source: wikipedia

 

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Francesco Mimbelli - awards:

Medaglia d'oro al Valor Militare - Gold Medal for Military Valour (1941)

2 x Medaglia di Argento al Valor Militare - Silver Medal for Military Valour (1941 & 1943)

5 x Medaglia di bronzo al Valor Militare - Bronze Medal for Military Valour

Croce di Guerra al Valor Militare - War Cross for Military Valor

 

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