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Decima Flottiglia MAS: Strike on Alexandria

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This Decima Flottiglia MAS strike on Alexandria opened a window of opportunity for the Axis in their efforts to support the war in North Africa.

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Siluro a Lenta Corsa (Il Maiale)

Components of the S.L.C

The greatest success achieved by the Maiale was on December 19, 1941 when Lieutenants Luigi Durand de la Penne and Bianchi successfully navigated the Maiale’s into the harbor defenses of the port of Alexandria, Egypt and severely damaged two British Battleships (H.M.S Valiant and the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth).