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Italy's Luigi Cadorna class / Condottieri class cruisers

Design

The Luigi Cadorna class ships were to have better armor and stability than the Da Barbiano class cruisers.1

The Luigi Cadorna class ships were ordered under the 1929 -1930 Program.2

Aircraft

There was one catapult to launch the aircraft from the after shelter deck.1,2 There was no hanger.1

Ships

Armando Diaz

  • Manufacturer: OTO at La Spezia1, OTO at Muggiano2
  • October 29, 1929: Order placed.1
  • July 28, 1930: Laid down.1,2
  • 19304, July 10, 1932: Launched.1,2,4
  • April 29, 1933: Completed.1,2
  • September 1, 1934 - February 1935: Cruised to Australia and New Zealand.1
  • 1935 - 1936: Based at Palma and Melilla during Spanish Civil War.1
  • 1938: 40 mm guns removed.2 Four 20 mm L/70 guns added.2
  • June 1940: Battle off Punto Stilo.1
  • October 1940: Albania.1
  • December 1940: Escort shipping to Albania.1
  • February 25, 1941: Sunk.1,2 Escort convoy to Tripoli.1,2 With Bande Nere.1 Hit and sunk by torpedoes from HMS Upright off Kerkennah Island.1,2

Luigi Cadorna

  • Manufacturer: Cant. Riuniti dell' Adriatico at Trieste3, CRDA at Trieste1,2
  • October 26, 1929: Order placed.1
  • September 19, 1930: Laid down.1,2
  • 19304, September 30, 1931: Launched.1,2,3,4
  • August 11, 1933: Completed.1,2
  • 1935 - 1936: Spanish Civil War.1
  • 1938: 40 mm guns removed.2 Four 20 mm L/70 guns added.2
  • April 1939: Albanian occupation.1
  • September 1939: Member of 4th Cruiser Division.1
  • June 9 - 10, 1940: Laid mines off Lampedusa and Kerkennah banks.1
  • July 1940: Battle off Punto Stilo.1
  • February 12, 1941: Put into reserves.1
  • November - December 1941: Transported gasoline and ammunition to Benghazi, Libya.1
  • January 1942: Moved to Pola to be trainer.1
  • May - June 1943: Catapult removed.1 Two 20 mm L/70 twin mounts added.1
  • June 14, 1943: Member of 8th Division.1
  • June 24 - 30, 1943: Carried troops to Albania.1
  • July 3, 1943: Moved to Taranto.1
  • August 1943: Mine laying in Gulf of Taranto.1
  • August 9, 1943: Sailed to Malta for surrender.1
  • September 14, 1943: Moved to Alexandria.1
  • October 1943: Moved to Taranto.1
  • October 1943 - May 1945: Transported Allied solders and supplies.1 Repatriated Italian soldiers.1
  • 1944: Torpedo tubes removed.1,2

Specifications

  Luigi Cadorna class
Crew 5071, 5442
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 5,232 tons2, 5,323 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 7,001 tons2, 7,113 tons1
Length 555' 5"2, 555' 6"1
169.3 m1,2
Length - Water Line  
Length - Between Perpendiculars 525'1,2
160 m1,2
Beam 50' 10"1,2
15.5 m1,2
Draft / Height 17'1, 18'2
5.2 m1, 5.5 m2
Performance  
Speed 36.5 knots1,2
Range at 16 knots 2,930 nautical miles1
Armament 6" OTO Model 19291, 152 mm L/43 Mod 19292 twin turrets: 41,2
Anti-Aircraft 3.9"1, 100 mm L/452 twin mounts: 31,2
40 mm1, 40 mm L/392: 21,2
13.2 mm machine gun twin mounts: 41,2
Torpedo Tubes 21"1, 533 mm2: 2 mounts 2 tubes each1,2
Mines 84 - 1381,2
Aircraft 21,2
Armor  
Belt - Main 2.4 cm1, 2.4 cm + 1.8 cm2
Bulkheads 2 cm2
Control Tower 2.5 cm - 4 cm2, 4 cm1
Deck - Main 2 cm1,2
Turrets 2.3 cm1,2
Engines  
Boilers Yarrow: 61,2
Shafts 21,2
Turbines Parsons geared1,2
HP 95,0001,2
Oil 1,090 tons1, 1,211 tons2
  Armando Diaz
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 5,321 tons2, 5,406 tons1
Displacement - Loaded 7,080 tons2, 7,194 tons1
Performance  
Range at 16 knots 3,088 nautical miles1
  Luigi Cadorna
Physical Characteristics 5003
Displacement 5,008 tons3
Length 554' 6"3
Length - Water Line 547'3
Length - Between Perpendiculars  
Beam 50' 9.6"3
Draft / Height 14'3
Performance  
Speed 37 knots3
Range at 25 knots 2,500 nautical miles3
Armament 6" L/53: 83
Anti-Aircraft 3.9": 63
37 mm: 83
13 mm: 83
Torpedo Tubes 21": 43
Engines  
Boilers 63
Shafts 23
Turbines Parsons geared3
HP 95,0003
Oil 1,000 tons3

Sources:

  1. Cruisers of World War Two An International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1995
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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