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The Duca degli Abruzzi-class cruisers were the final version of the Condottieri-class cruisers in the Regia Marina and were larger and better protected than their predecessors. The armament was also increased by two extra 152 mm guns, triple turrets replaced twins in the A and Y positions. The machinery was also revised which led to these ships having a slightly slower maximum speed than their predecessors.

The Duca degli Abruzzi and Giuseppe Garibaldi both underwent conversion to guided missile cruisers in the late 1950s. They would be decommissioned in the early 1970s.

Specifications[]

Original Configuration[]

The RM Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1944.

  • Type: Light Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1937-1956
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 614 feet (187.15 meters)
    • Beam: 62 feet (18.9 meters)
    • Draught: 22 feet 8 inches (6.91 meters)
    • Displacement: 11,170 tons (Standard); 11,550 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 640
  • Propulsion: 8 Yarrow boilers, 2 turbine gears, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)
  • Range: 4,125 nautical miles (7,640 kilometers) at 13 knots (24.08 km/h)
  • Speed: 34 knots (62.97 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 10 x 152mm/55-caliber naval guns (2x2, 2x3)
    • 8 x 100mm/47-caliber dual purpose naval guns (4x2)
    • 8 x 37mm/54-caliber anti-aircraft guns (8x1)
    • 12 x 13.2mm machine guns (replaced with 12 x 20mm/65-caliber anti-aircraft guns
  • Armour:
    • Horizantal: 40mm
    • Vertical: 140mm

Rebuild Configuration[]

The RM Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1963 after its rebuild.

  • Type: Guided Missile Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1961-1976
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 614 feet (187.15 meters)
    • Beam: 62 feet (18.9 meters)
    • Draught: 22 feet 8 inches (6.91 meters)
    • Displacement: 9,050 tons (Standard); 11,170 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 640
  • Propulsion: 6 Yarrow boilers, 2 turbine gears, 2 shafts, 85,000 shp (63,000 kW)
  • Range: 4,125 nautical miles (7,640 kilometers) at 13 knots (24.08 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 965 air-search RDF
    • Type 993 low-angle search RDF
    • Type 978 navigation RDF
    • Type 903 gunnery fire-control RDF
    • Type 262 GWS-21 fire-control RDF
    • SQS-43 Hull mounted ASDIC
    • SQA-10 Variable Depth ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 135mm/55-caliber Model 1938 naval guns (2x3)
    • 8 x OTO Melara 76mm/62-caliber Allargato naval guns
    • 1 x Twin Arm Missile Launcher (fires Sea Slug AAMs)
  • Armour:
    • Horizantal: 40mm
    • Vertical: 140mm

Unit Run[]

  • RM Duca degli Abruzzi
  • RM Giuseppi Garibaldi
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