Monday, 2 April 2018

Italian admiralty discussing designs for new battleships according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 4

Conte di Cavour-class

Caio Duilio

Francesco Caracciolo-class


Vittorio Veneto-class. With our thanks

An item reported that the Italian admiralty in her meeting of 11 February two designs for the four to be built battleships discussed. One design proposed a 28.000 tons displacement battle ship to be armed with 3x3-38cm/14.9” guns and the second design a 35.000 tons displacement battleship with 4x3-38cm/14.9” guns. Design speed for both types was 24 knots and to be fitted out with 1-32cm/15.6” thick armour belt.(1)

1. The between 1912-1916 Andrea Doria-class battleships, consisted of the Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio, preceded by the Conte di Cavour-class and succeeded by the Francesco Caracciolo-class (not realized) and Littorio-class had a displacement of 25.126 (deep load) tons and a main armament of 3x3+2x2-30,5cm/12” guns. The never realized Francesco Caracciolo-class with a full load displacement of 34.000 tons had a main armament of 8-38,1cm/15.0“ guns. The item is dealing with pre designs of this class prepared by read admiral Edgardo Ferrati.