Saturday, 10 February 2018

Italian navy increasing rapidly her fleet according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1936 no. 3

battleship Roma

light cruiser Emanuele Filiberto Duca d'Aosta
Sam marco before conversion from armoured cruiser into target

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated February 1936 reporting that the Italian navy commissioned in 1935 3 light cruisers d’Aosta,(1) Montecuccoli, Attendolo, 2 torpedo boats Spica, Astore) 1 submarine chaser Albatros, 5 submarines P. Calvi, G. Finzi, P. Micca, Clauco and Otaria and the torpedo motor boat Stefano Turi with a total tonnage of 131.600 ton. Under construction were 2-35.000 ton battleships (2), 3 light cruisers, 4 destroyers, 4 torpedo boats, 13 submarines, 1 gunboat and 4 escort vessels with a total tonnage of 117.100 ton. The 9,350 ton San Marco was fitted out as a wireless target.(3)

1. The Italian cruiser Emanuele Filiberto Duca d'Aosta. Part of the Condottieri-class of the subclass Duca d’Aosta with as sistership Eugenio di Savoia. Laid down on 29 October 1932, launched on 22 April 1934, commissioned on 13 July 1935, ceded to Russia as war compensation in March 1949, handed over to Russia as the Z15 on 2 March 1949, renamed Stalingrad and later Kerch, stricken on 20 February 1959 and broken up in the 1960s.
2. The Littorio-class with an actual displacement of varying between 45.029-45.485 tons and consisting of the Littoral (1934), Vittorio Veneto (1934), Roma (1938) and Impero (1938).
3. Sister ship San Giorgio. Laid down on 2 January 1907 at the Arsenale di Castellamara di Stabia launched on 20 December 1908  and completed on 7 February 1911 and finally used as target in 1931.