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The RM Andrea Doria (C553) missile cruiser Andrea Doria (553) seen while launching a Sea Dart AAM during an exercise off Sardinia in 1985.

The Andrea Doria-class of helicopter cruisers of the Regia Marina. They were Italy's first major new designs of the post–World War II era.

These ships were primarily designed for anti-submarine tasks. The class consisted of three vessels, Andrea Doria, Caio Duilio and Enrico Dandolo, all three of which were commissioned in 1964 and in service into the late 1980s. The Andrea Doria-class formed the basis for the larger Vittorio Veneto-class cruisers, which replaced the Andrea Dorias' superstructure hangar with a hangar in the hull.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Helicopter Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1964-1993
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 490 feet (149.35 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet (17.34 meters)
    • Draught: 16 feet 4.8 inches (5 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,000 tons (Standard); 6,500 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 485
  • Propulsion: 4 x Foster Wheeler boilers, 2 x shaft geared turbines, 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • NA-9 Orion Fire Control System
  • Countermeasures:
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Single Arm Missile Launcher (fires Sea Slug AAMs)
    • 8 x OTO Melara 76mm/62-caliber Allargato or 76mm/62-caliber Compact naval guns
    • 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft Carried: 4 x helicopters

Unit Run[]

  • RM Andrea Doria (C553)
  • RM Caio Duilio (C554)
  • RM Enrico Dandolo (C555)
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