Skoda 14 cm/56 naval gun

Skoda 14 cm/56 naval gun

Skoda 14 cm guns aboard the captured Yugoslav destroyer Dubrovnik (left), 17 April 1941
Type Naval gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1932–45
Used by  Royal Yugoslav Navy
 Regia Marina
Wars World War II
Weight 6,000 kilograms (13,228 lb)
Barrel length About 7.84 meters (25 ft 9 in) (bore length)

Shell Separate-loading, brass case
Shell weight 39.8 kilograms (88 lb)
Caliber 14 centimeters (5.5 in)
Rate of fire 5–6 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 880 meters per second (2,900 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 23,400 meters (25,600 yd)

The Skoda 14 cm/56 naval gun was built by the Škoda Works for export during the 1930s. The few guns built were sold to Yugoslavia to equip their large destroyers. A class of three flotilla leaders was intended to be built but only Dubrovnik was completed. After the conquest of Yugoslavia in April 1941, the ships were taken over by the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina) and the Kriegsmarine in turn.


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