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F 598 ITS Spartaco Schergat
 
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Type, class:
Guided Missile Frigate; Bergamini/FREMM class (General Purpose variant)

Builder: Fincantieri SpA, Muggiano (La Spezia) and Riva Trigoso (Genua), Italy
 
STATUS:
Laid down: February 2017?
Launched: January 26, 2019
Commissioned: June 5, 2020

IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: La Spezia
Namesake: Spartaco Schergat (1920-1996)
Ships Motto: ?
Technical Data: see INFO > Bergamini/FREMM class Frigate
 
 
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Spartaco Schergat (1920 in Capodistria - 1996 in Trieste)

... was an Italian military frogman during World War II.

Schergat was born in Istria from an Italian irredentist and as a voluntary entered the Royal Italian Navy ("Regia Marina") in 1940. He was a friend of Luigi Durand de la Penne, who enrolled him in the elite Decima MAS (XMAS).

He is famous for severely damaging the British battleship Queen Elizabeth, with a "maiale", in 1941 during the Raid on Alexandria. For this military action he received the Italian gold medal in the Second World War.

After 1943, he collaborated with the Allies until the end of the war, with the Royal Navy of Badoglio government in southern Italy.

He was elected in the 1950s as deputy of an Italian far right party (MSI). In 1996 Spartaco Schergat died, after a long struggle with cancer, in Trieste.

The attack on Queen Elizabeth:
As part of a team of divers of the X MAS he took part in the human torpedo attacks on British vessels in the Mediterranean. In December 1941, Schergat was one of a team of six (Luigi Durand de la Penne with Emilio Bianchi; Antonio Marceglia with Spartaco Schergat; Vincenzo Martellotta with Mario Marino) which attacked Alexandria harbour. They used the new Italian secret torpedo S.L.C. ("Siluro Lenta Corsa", also known as "maiale"), a small underwater assault vehicle with a crew of two. As a result, four ships were damaged in Alexandria: the British battleships Queen Elizabeth (by Marceglia and Schergat) and Valiant (by Martellotta and Marino), and the tanker Sagona with the destroyer Jervis. Spartaco Schergat personally placed the limpet mine under the hull of Queen Elizabeth.

However, the two capital ships were in shallow water, Queen Elizabeth settling on the sea bed, Valiant down by the bow, but both maintaining the illusion from the air that they were undamaged. Temporary repairs were quickly effected; Queen Elizabeth was sent to the United States for permanent full repairs, Valiant to Durban, South Africa. Both ships were out of action for over one year.

This represented a dramatic change of fortunes against the Allies from the strategic point of view in the central Mediterranean Sea during the next half-year or more. The Italian fleet - with the Alexandria Raid - had nominally achieved naval supremacy in the Mediterranean Sea, called in that year Italy's Mare Nostrum by fascist propaganda.

Decorations:
Medaglia d'oro al valor militare (Gold Medal of Military Valor) - Alexandria 1941
Medaglia di bronzo al valor militare (Bronce Medal of Military Valor) - Gibraltar - 1941
2 x Croce di guerra al valor militare (War Cross of Military Valor) - Gibraltar - 1941 and Eastern Mediterranean Sea - 1941
Promozione al grado di sergente (Promoted to Sergeant) - 1941

source: wikipedia

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