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The RM Vittorio Veneto (C550) at the port of Malaga in 2001.

The Vittorio Veneto-class helicopter cruisers are a pair of warships that served in the Regia Marina from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. These ships have the same general layout as the smaller Andrea Doria-class helicopter cruisers, but with two elevators in the flight deck and the hangar below. The Vittorio Veneto was turned into a museum ship in 2008 while Italia was turned into an artificial reef.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Helicopter Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1969-2005
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 589 feet 3 inches (179.6 meters)
    • Beam: 63 feet 7.76 inches (19.4 meters)
    • Draught: 19 feet 8.22 inches (6 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,500 tons (Standard); 8,850 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 557
  • Propulsion: 4 x Foster Wheeler boilers, 2 x shaft geared turbines, 73,000 shp
  • Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometers) at 16 knots (29.63 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 x SPS-52 early warning RDF
    • 1 x SPS-768 long range RDF
    • 1 x SPQ-2 surface sear RDF
    • 2 x SPG-55 missile fire control RDF
    • 4 x Orion 10X fire control RDF
    • 2 x Orion 20X fire control RDF
    • 1 x navigation RDF
    • SQS-510 hull ASDIC
    • SQS-510 VDS ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • 2 × SCLAR decoy launcher
    • 1 × ECM system
    • 1 × TACAN
  • Armament (As Built):
    • 8 × Oto Melara 76/62mm MMI or 76/62 mm Compact gun
    • 1 x Twin Arm Missile Launcher (fires 40 Sea Dart AAMs and 20 Ikara ASW Rockets)
    • 2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes
  • Armament (Post 1980-1982 Modernization):
    • 8 × Oto Melara 76/62mm MMI or 76/62 mm Compact gun
    • 3 × Oto Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO
    • 1 x Twin Arm Missile Launcher (fires 40 GWS.31 Sea Dart Mk.II and 20 Ikara ASW Rockets)
    • 4 x OTOMAT SSMs
    • 2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft Carried: 9 x Augusta AB204/Augusta AB 212 helicopters or 6 x AB-61 helicopters

Unit Run[]

  • RM Vittorio Veneto (C550)
  • RM Italia (C551)