The Fieno-class Destroyer was a class of 42 destroyers, which served with the Lutetiian Navy from 1924 to 1969.
The Fieno-class Destroyer has often been likened to small light cruisers, coining the term 'Lighter Cruiser', but the Lutetiian Navy always treated them like destroyers of all kinds of craft, from enemy torpedo boats to light cruisers, as scouting vessels and protectors of the own battleline. Those are the primary missions of the Fieno-class Destroyers, which required heavy armament for their size and high speed, as well as high endurance – and all of that in all sorts of weather.
The Fieno-class proved to be good seaboats, but issues with the lateral stability plagued the vessels until the end of their service. Their engines, once the initial kinks had been worked out, proved to be reliable and satisfactory, but consumed much of the fuel aboard, so that the Fieno-class destroyers had a meager range of 3,500 nautical miles at cruise speed of fifteen knots.
The Fieno-class Destroyers carried one floatplane and a crane to lower it into the water and to lift it out again, but neither catapult nor any other larger aircraft facilities.
Contechino was the fifteenth of 42 vessels, built 1927 and commissioned in 1930. She and Pelle share a lot of history, mainly because she was also built in Zara, also served with the Destroyer Squadron 8 and was transferred to the Passero Escort Group in 1935 after a short refit. She was mobilized in 1942.
In 1946, she, too, received a short refit and a radar in Alto Mare while SDFS Aeval was there. Her Captain during that time was not a hawk, but he was not a friend of the Selkie. While he did keep a watch posted, specifically watching the cruiser and its crew, he did not conduct gunnery drills with the guns pointed at the guest.
When Passero was refitted to a helicopter carrier in 1951, her escorts lost their floatplanes, them being replaced by a helicopter. Contechino remained in service as a training vessel from 1958 onwards, even making a training cruise to Mount Vellenge, where her crew and the crew of the sloop SDFS Stilin prayed together for peace. She was decommissioned in 1969 and scrapped in 1972.
Cotechino, like all of her type, is named after a trade commodity, in her case a type of sausages.
Pelle was built in 1925, being launched a year later and commissioned a year after that. She is the eighth of 42 sisters.
Lutetiian Naval Vessels usually operated in groups of four, usually three combatants and one support vessel, and after she spent the remainder of 1920s and the first half of the 1930s with her destroyer squadron, Destroyer Squadron 8 in Zara. She was refitted in 1934.
In 1935, Passero was commissioned and soon enough, Pelle found herself as the light carrier's escort, together with Cotechino and the fleet oiler Spruzzo. Together, those four vessels operated in a variety of missions, especially after 1942.
While Pelle's Captain was not a hawk, he had a very particular dislike for the Selkie and when SDFS Aeval was in Alto Mare, he had his vessel run combat drills... with the guns pointed at the SDF-Navy's Light Cruiser. All hawking was of no use and peace prevailed.
A week later, still in 1946, Pelle began her retrofit, staying in the yard for a few weeks to receive a radar and then being sent out again with Cotechino, Passero and Spruzzo, escorting convoys. When Passero was refitted to a helicopter carrier in 1951, her escorts lost their floatplanes, them being replaced by a helicopter, but by 1958, Pelle was decommissioned and scrapped.
Pelle, like all of her type, is named after a trade commodity, in her case leather.