|Displacement:|| 698 tons surfaced|
866 tons submerged
|Speed:|| 14 knots surface|
7.5 knots submerged
|Armament:||4 torpedo tubes forward|
2 torpedo tubes aft
12 533 mm torpedoes on board
100 mm/47 cal deck gun
The Italian submarine Sciré (1938) was an Italian 600-Serie Adua-class submarine, which served during World War II in the Regia Marina. It was named after the northern part of Ethiopia, at the time Italian East Africa.
The Sciré accomplished many missions inside enemy waters. Among these, the most important was carried out on 3 December 1941. Sciré left La Spezia carrying three manned torpedoes. At the island of Leros in the Aegean Sea, it secretly loaded six crew for them: Luigi Durand de la Penne and Emilio Bianchi (maiale 221), Vincenzo Martellotta and Mario Marino (maiale 222), Antonio Marceglia and Spartaco Schergat (maiale 223). On 19 December, Sciré reached Alexandria in Egypt, and its manned torpedoes entered the harbour and sank a tanker and the British battleships HMS Valiant and Queen Elizabeth. All six torpedo-riders were captured.
The wreck of the Sciré, laying at a depth of 32 meters, became a popular diving site and Shayetet 13 training location. In 1984 a joint Italian-Israeli Navy ceremony was performed, in which the forward section was removed from the submarine and sent to Italy to become part of a memorial.
See also Italian submarine Sciré for all the submarines bearing the same name.