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STALINGRAD Russian warship

Post by aukepalmhof » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:53 am

She is given in Stanley Gibbons Collect Ships on Stamps as the STALINGRAD, when the stamp was issued she carried already the name KERCH, also comparing the stamp with a photo of the KERCH she looks different, so I am not sure she is depict on the stamp.

Built as a light cruiser by Odero-Terni-Orlando, Leghorn, Italy for the Italian Navy.
29 October 1932 laid down.
22 April 1934 launched under the name EMANUELE FILIBERTO DUCA D’AOUSTA one sister the EUGENIO DI SAVOIA.
Displacement 8,317 tons standard, 10,541 ton full load. Dim. 186.9 x 17.5 x 6.5m (draught), length bpp. 181.8m.
Powered by two sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 110,000 shp, twin shafts, speed 36.5 knots.
Bunker capacity 1,731 tons.
Endurance by a speed of 14 knots, 3,900 mile.
Armament 4 – 6 inch, 6 – 3.9 inch,, 8 – 20mm AA, 8 – 13.2mm AA, 6 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, two DCT and 112 – 146 mines.
3 Aircraft and one catapult.
Crew 578 – 694.
13 July 1935 commissioned.

EMAUELE FILIBERTO DUCA D’AOSTA was an Italian light cruiser of the fourth group of the Condottieri-class, that served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She survived the war, but was ceded as war reparation to the Soviet Navy in 1949. She was finally renamed KERCH and served in the Black Sea Fleet until the 1960s.
DUCA D’AOSTA was one of the fourth, or Duca d'Aosta, class of Condottieri light cruisers. The design of the DUCA D’AOSTAS derived from the preceding Montecuccoli class, with a slight increase in size and a significant increase in armour. The machinery was also re-arranged.
DUCA D’AOSTA was built by OTO, Livorno and was named after Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, an Italian Field Marshal of World War I.
The ship joined the 7th Cruiser Division and in 1938 departed on a circumnavigation with her sister-ship, Eugenio Di Savoia. The deteriorating world political situation caused this to be cut short after visits to the Caribbean and South America, and the ships returned La Spezia in March 1939.
At the Italian entry into the war, d'Aosta was part of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron and participated in the Battle of Punto Stilo between 6–10 July. In addition, she protected North Africa convoys, took part in a fleet sortie against British cruisers and bombarded Corfu on 18 December.
During 1941, D'AoOSTA served mostly with the 8th Cruiser Division, laying minefields off North Africa and protecting convoys. One of the convoy duties, in December, led to the First Battle of Sirte, in which D'AOSTA took part.
Her duties in 1942 were much as before, but with aggressive actions against Allied convoys, including the Operations Harpoon and Vigorous, in June, to resupply the British controlled island of Malta. She sailed in August to intercept the critical Pedestal convoy, but, being without air cover, this sortie was abandoned. On 13 June 1942, the D'AOSTA survived a torpedo attack by the British submarine HMS UNISON, while south of Sardinia with the RAIMONDO MONTECUCCOLI
In 1943, the D'AOSTA was inactive due to fuel shortages for most of the remainder of the year, but in August, she attempted, unsuccessfully, a bombardment of Allied positions around Palermo.
After the Italian Armistice, the EMANUELE FILIBERTO DUCA D’AOSTA came on 11 September 1943 to Malta and operated there after under the command of the Royal Navy. The D'AOSTA had a minor refit at Taranto, and in October 1943, with the cruisers DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI and GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI, she sailed to the South Atlantic, to serve with the Allies on shipping blockade duties, based at Freetown. There were seven patrols between November 1943 and February 1944; she returned to Italy Navy on 03 April 1944 and, thereafter, was used only for transport.
15 December 1948 decommissioned and renamed Z 15.
On 2 March 1949, as war reparations transferred to the Soviet Union as Z15. 02 March 1949 sailed to Odessa by her Italian crew and on 06 February 1949 handed over to the Soviet Navy. 26 February 1949 commissioned in the Black Sea Fleet of the Soviet Union under the name STALINGRAD and shortly there after renamed in KERCH (47).Served with the Soviet Black Sea Fleet mostly as a training vessel. 16 February 1956 re-classed in a training cruiser until she was registered in the towing vessel OS 32.
20 February 1959 decommissioned and handed over to OFI for scrapping.
Rumania 1957 1.75 le sg2528, scott?
Wikipedia and various other web-sites. Mr. Sitnikov.
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Re: STALINGRAD Russian warship

Post by Arturo » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:09 pm

Stalingrad (Russian Warship)

Romania 1958, S.G.?, Scott: 1239.

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Re: STALINGRAD Russian warship

Post by aukepalmhof » Sat Nov 13, 2021 5:57 pm

I found two photo's on the net, one of the EMANUELE FILIBERTO DUCA D'AOSTA under the Italian flag and later when she was renamed KERCH under the Soviet flag. Clearly, you can see she is the same ship.

So far I can see the EMANUELE FILIBERTO DUCA D'AOSTA has never been under the Romanian flag.

The destroyer on the 1957 stamp is not the STALINGRAD later KERCH but most probably the Romanian REGELE FERDINAND or her sister the REGINA MARIA, both were built before World War II and as seen on the stamp it shows us a destroyer with portholes in the hull, which during WW II, not more built-in the hull of warships.
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