Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Italian naval budget 1909-1910 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1909-1910 no. 7

Conte di Cavour-class

An item reported that the Italian naval budget for the budget year 1 July 1909-30 June 1910 was 163,5 million lire of which 52,4 to be used for material and purchasing ships. The personnel strength was to increased with 1.000 men to totally 28.500 men. During the discussions was said that the building of large battleships took so long, at that moment 5 years. The main details of the battleships ‘A’ and’ and’ B’ were not released by the department except for that the main calibre was not too exceed 30,5cm and that the ships were to be completed within 3 years.(1) The intention was to achieve a strength of 150% of the Austrian navy. The new torpedo boats were to be complete similar to each other to provide a easy exchange of engine parts.

1. The 24.000+ tons Conte di Cavour-class battleships consisting of the Conti Cavour, Giulio Cesare and Leonardo da Vince all three laid down in 1910 and a main armament of 12-30,5cm/12” guns?