Ship ClassKatsonis-class Submarine
BuilderChantiers de la Loire, Nantes, France
Commissioned21 Dec 1927
Displacement576 tons standard; 775 tons submerged
Length205 feet
Beam17 feet
Draft12 feet
MachineryOne Pair Shneider-Carels 2-cycle diesel engine rated at 1,300hp, one electric engine rated at 1,000hp
Speed14 knots
Range1,500nm on surface at 10 knots, 100nm submerged at 5 knots
Armament2x533mm internal bow torpedo tubes, 2x533mm external bow torpedo tubes, 2x533mm external stern torpedo tubes, 1x4in gun, 1x3pdr AA gun
Submerged Speed9 knots


ww2dbasePapanikolis was the second of the Katsonis-class submarines in the Greek Navy. It was commissioned in late 1927 with Commander P. Vandoros in command. In 1940, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Miltiadis Iatridis, she carried out war patrols in the Adriatic Sea during the Italian invasion of Greece. On 23 Dec 1940, she sank the small Italian motor ship Antonietta, and then on the next day, 24 Dec, she sank the 3,952-ton troop transport Firenze near Sazan Island. She was evacuated to the Middle East after the German invasion of Greece. Under the command of Comander Athanasios Spanidis, she sank six small Axis vessels between 11 and 14 Jun 1942, and later on transported Greek, New Zealander, and British agents and commandos to and from Greece. Under the command of Lieutenant Nikolaos Roussen, she sank a 8,000-ton cargo ship at the Alimnia islet near Rhodes, Greece. On 17 Jan 1943, she captured the 200-ton Italian sailing vessel Agios Stefanos, and on the following day, 18 Jan, sank a 150-ton vessel. Between Mar and May 1943, she sank 4 sailers totaling 450 tons. She saw little action after Oct 1944 after the Axis forces in Greece were driven out. She was decommissioned in 1945. Her conning tower was preserved and is now on display at the Maritime Museum at Piraeus, Greece.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2010

Papanikolis Operational Timeline

21 Dec 1927 Papanikolis was commissioned into service.
23 Dec 1940 Greek submarine Papanikolis sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
24 Dec 1940 Greek submarine Papanikolis sank the 3,952-ton troop transport Firenze near Sazan Island in the southern Adriatic Sea.

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
25 Jan 2010 10:19:44 AM

Launched: November 1926.
Machinery: Pair Shneider-Carels 2-cycle diesel.
Endurance (on surface) Normal 1,500 miles maximum 3,500 miles (both at 10 kts).
Submerged: 100 miles at 5 kts
Armament: One 4-inch, One 3-pdr AA, Two 21-inch internal bow Torpedo tubes, Two 21-inch external bow tubes, Two 21-inch external stern tubes
Storage for 7 torpedoes & 100 rounds of 4-inch ammunition
Complement: 39
Maximum submerged depth: 40 fathoms

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