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  1. ImperialAdmiral

    Italian ship traits

    With the Italian fleet comming in the future what traits you think they will feature to feel unique? As far as I know both battleships and cruisers guns had very high muzzle velocity with Littorios having the highest from every major battleships of WWII. This could be balanced by increasing the shell dispersion. Another interesting thing about Littorios was the Pugilese system and auxiliary rudders that could come very handy in case of damage or jam of the main rudder. Therefore, it would be pretty nice if they would have slightly increased underwater protection and for example a -100% posibility of rudder jam. As for the cruisers Trentos could be distinct by their speed and Zaras by very high survivability due to their double armoured belt and deck.
  2. Dante Alighieri was the first dreadnought battleship built for the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy). Named after the medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri, she was the first ship built with triple gun turrets for the main armament. She was laid down by Castellammare Regia Marina shipyard on 6 June 1909, launched on 20 August 1910, and completed on 15 January 1913. Dante Alighieri served during World War I and was stricken on 1 July 1928 to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty, the first Italian dreadnought other than the sunken Leonardo da Vinci to leave active service. She subsequently was scrapped. Characteristics Displacement: 19,552 tons standard, 21,600 tons full load Length: 168.1 m Beam: 26.6 m Draught: 8.8 m Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 23 boilers (7 oil fired, 16 mixed fired) 32,000 hp Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h) Range: 4,800 nautical miles (8,890 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) Complement: 981 Armament: 12 - 305 mm (12 inch) guns (4x3) 20 - 120 mm guns (4x2 turrets and 12 x1 casemates 13 - 76 mm guns 3 - 450 mm torpedo tubes Armour: Krupp cemented armour Belt 254 mm Deck: 38 mm Conning tower 305 mm Turrets: 254 mm Secondary battery 98 mm
  3. LastButterfly

    BTT : Italian TechTree (Fanmade)

    Well, here I go again ! After having posted the American Tree : http://forum.worldof...chtree-fanmade/ And having added my Japanese Tree : http://forum.worldofwarships.eu/index.php?/topic/79352-btt-japanese-techtree-fanmade/ I'll now go on with an obvioulsy very powerful nation navally speaking, the third which comes to mind after USN and IJN ! Wa ? British ? French ? German ? Russian ? Never heard of, sorry. Here is my Italian Tech Tree ! Hope you'll enjoy it ! Important disclaimer about this tree (It's still the same as on my other TechTree topics, don't bother re-reading it if you already did) : Butterfly Tech Tree Regia Marina As always, you will find below a quick explanation about the global gameplay each branch would adopt : Destroyers : All italian destroyers possess a better performing engine boost than the average destroyer. -Tactical Branch Branch of 4 destroyers at rank V through VIII. Their armament is by all means weak, canons and torpedoes alike, and coupled with their relative weakness, it means they should avoid fighting, or at least not alone. Their main strength is a formidable concealment along with a great manoeuverability and acceleration. It makes of them toe perfect scouting tool who can spot the movement or the ennemy or capture areas. Besides being able to exchange their smoke screen for a sonar if they wish, the higher tiers also possess a radar consummable, making them terryfying tactical tools. -Pepper Canon Branch Weak destroyers, but very easy to steer, relying on dodging rather than tanking, along with their formidable speed. Their canons are one of a kind : they fire only HE shells, reload extremely fast and have increased penetration chances. However, they have a low range and the fire chances are extremely low. Coupled with the good concealment of the branch, it makes of these destroyers the best DD hunters and killers, and in close-quarter duels, other destroyers hardly stand a chance against an experimented captain. However, they lack punch on higher warships, especially because of their torpedoes : although these indeed reload much faster than others, their damage and low flooding chances make them virtually unable of ensuring a kill on sometimes even an already-damaged ship. -Coarse Salt Canon Branch These destroyers are as weak as the Pepper Canon Branch. However, their armament picks up in terms of number and/or caliber, and damage aswell – besides, they can us AP shells. This allows them to be still a threat towards destroyers, but also to be able to damage heavily an unsuspecting cruiser or deal more fires and damage on battleships. Beware, however : if duels drag on longer than expected, they'll be forced to dodge heavily and their canons may no follow the hard steering, making them better at hit&run attacks than fierce battles. Besides, their torpedoes are still only there for additional damage. -Mark&Execute BranchA fusion of the Tactical and Pepper Canon branch, the two destroyers at TIX and TX possess both a great speed, concealment and dodging abilityes, the fast-firing HE only canons, and the scouting tools such as a radar. This makes of them truly firghtening opponents for ennemy destroyers and as long as they don't get caught in a crossfire from multiple ennemies, they can be devastating both in the tactical field and in terms of battle achievments. -Heavy leaderCapitani Romani, TX of the Coarse Salt Canon Branch, is a sort of fusion between the CL and heavy DD gameplay. Her firepower and overall approach of the fight becomes close to the light cruisers', while she keeps the speed and dodging abilities of destroyers. If she is able to tank a bit more than other DDs, her concealment, however, is in the line with cruisers and not destroyers, but since she is classified as a destroyer, she doesn't have a citadel, making of her a very unique ship. Light Cruisers -Basic BranchBranch of two cruisers lacking both resistance, power and torpedo armament ; however, they know how to be rather fast and manoeuverable for their tier, making of them a good introduction to the gameplay of higher-tier Italian cruisers. -Close Quarter Branch Branch of short and medium-range light cruisers, rather well concealed, but poorly armored. They possess an engine boost concumable and are easy to steer, making of them something along the lines of big Dds ; and just as Dds, they excell in areas where they can hide behind cover, surprise their opponents for their fast-firing canons or torpedo them. A duel is always in their disadvantage as soon as they lose the benefit of a surprise attack, and usually, their offensive moves often comes down to kill or get killed. However, with their armaments and dodging abilities, they should be able to take on destroyers and cruisers pretty well once the captain gets the hang of it.At higher tier (Costanzo Ciano and Treviso), they also become able able to play safer and assist their fleet from a further range like heavy cruisers do, making them more versatile and able to answer more efficiently to any situations. Heavy Cruisers -Supportfire Branch Traditionnal heavy cruisers branch, although they also rely more on dodging and less on tanking. Their acceleration is not that great but once they've picked up speed their handling becomes very confortable and they become very hard to hit. Their offensive power is average, although their range is a bit on the lower side ; however, they possess a special ability. By slowing down below a certain speed, they become able to fire at a longer range, effectivelt turning on supporting snipers. This can allow them to assist their fleet even though they're very far from the action or if they mispositionned themselves ; however, it comes as a double-edged sword, as by being slower they won't get closer quite as fast. Besides, and that's the real problem, slowing down means becoming much easier to target, and their low acceleration isn't helping making of them nothing but target practice if they fire from long-range for too long. -Light battlecruiser Most singular cruisers at tiers VIII, IX, and X. These are equipped with a high-caliber, fast-rotating, average reload armament. Their big guns have a tremendous penetration, making of them terrors for cruisers at medium range and lower, and they're also able to punch other ships violently. In terms of gameplay, they're surprising closer to light cruisers than heavy cruisers, relying on surprise attacks and their superior handling and gun rotation and reload. That's because their armor is closer to that of light cruisers, which doesn't allow them to take many hits : therefore, artillery duels in open sea are to be avoided unless they are certain the opponent can be taken down quickly and won't have to much back-up. Battleships -Glass Canon Branch A tense but satysfying branch of battleships. Their canons are remarcably powerful and able to penetrate a lot of armor at once, along with long-range capabilities in higher tiers. However, their dispertion is terrible, making long-range fire too random to be relyable. They have a an easy handling, accelerating and turning like cruisers, but won't tank as well as other battleships. It forces them to find the right moment to close in, since they will obliterate anything point-blanck if they can reach it, because they excelle at close quarter thanks to their fast-turning canons and decent secondaries. -Heavy Battlecruisers Ships playing more or less like the battleships, but with an even greater manoeuverability and speed along with and engine boost consummable. It makes them litteral paper-made nukes, going down at the first badly taken salvo, but capable of flancking the ennmy and landing heavy damage or devastating strikes on anything they outmanoeuver. Although they're hard to play, leaving them not pressured may aswell result in a surprise-death from an unexpected direction. Aircraft carriers -Strategy Branch Carriers mainly centered on scouting and fleet defense, although they do possess some slightly more offensive configurations. Their aircrafts are very fast and tank damage well but their air groupes are not that numerous, forcing them to pick their targets well. Their fighters are well performing and can stand up, in terms of damage, to american fighter squadrons from fighter-specialized carriers if they're upgraded as much as possible.They possess a unique type of aircraft known as Reckon Squadron, faster and more concealed than regular aircrafts along with a much faster reload, but which cannot stay in the air indefinitely. Their air groups are made of 5 aircrafts ; however, torpedo bomber groupes are only made of 3 aircrafts. Two Air Wings are available : Strategy Oriented (ex :Aquila 2/1/1 +2 reckon) or Action Oriented (ex Aquila 2/3/0 +1 reckon). Other : -Hybrid CLV Seaplane carrying Light Cruiser, playing much like the japanese Ooyodo. She therefore has scouting ability along with the possibility to buff allies of hinder ennemies via the use of specific seaplanes, and is therefore a support-unit. Anyway, thay should be it ! I love Italians. I remain available, here or in private message, for any commentary/question/rage or if any element of this tree brings up questions such as “what the hell is this design supposed to be ?” And then again, thanks for having taken note of my work, and I'll see you next time with probably either the German or Russian tree~
  4. Blue_Beta

    Carrier "Aquila"

    Aquila (Italian language: "Eagle") was an Italian aircraft carrier converted from the trans-Atlantic passenger liner SS Roma during World War II. Work on Aquila began in late 1941 at the Ansaldo shipyard in Genoa and continued for the next two years. With the signing of the Italian armistice on 8 September 1943, however, all work was halted and the vessel remained unfinished. Aquila was eventually scrapped in 1952. General characteristics Type: Aircraft carrier Displacement: 23,500 long tons (23,900 t) (standard) 27,800 long tons (28,200 t) (full load) Length: 235.5 m (772 ft 8 in) Beam: 30 m (98 ft 5 in) Draft: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in) Installed power: 151,000 shp (113,000 kW) Propulsion: 4 × geared steam turbines 8 × boilers 4 × shafts Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph) Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph) Complement: 1,420 (107 officers) Armament: 8 × 135 mm (5.3 in)/45 cal guns 12 × 65 mm (2.56 in)/64 cal guns 132 × 20 mm (0.79 in)/65 cal anti-aircraft cannons Armor: Deck: 8 cm (3.1 in) Aircraft carried: 51
  5. Voskoulis_GR

    Italian/American ships Greek Camo

    Hello Guys, I just wanted to say that it would be great for the Greek community of WoWs to see some Greek ships into the game.There are 2 Greek ships that made a good impression in WWI&WW2. 1)HS BELOS D-16 (DD) Fletcher Class American Destroyer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Charrette 2)HS G.AVEROF (CA) Pisa Class Italian Heavy Cruiser https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_cruiser_Georgios_Averof Because of their initial construction in other countries the only implement for us would be a Greek CAmo. That Camo (GReek FLag,Colors,Captain name,etc),could be in wargaming store and everyone interested in that could buy it.That would be really great and appreciated by the Greek community of WoWs. What is your opinion?
  6. Blue_Beta

    Battleship "Roma"

    Roma, named after two previous ships and the city of Rome, was the fourth Vittorio Veneto-class battleship of Italy's Regia Marina (English: Royal Navy). The construction of both Roma and her sister ship Impero was planned due to rising tensions around the world and the navy's fear that two Vittorio Venetos and the older pre-First World War battleships were not enough to counter the British and French Mediterranean Fleets. As Roma was laid down almost four years after the first two ships of the class, some small improvements were made to the design, including additional freeboard added to the bow. Roma was commissioned into the Regia Marina on 14 June 1942, but a severe fuel shortage in Italy at that time prevented her from being deployed; instead, along with her sister ships Vittorio Veneto and Littorio, she was used to bolster the anti-aircraft defenses of various Italian cities. In this role, she was severely damaged twice in June 1943 from bomber raids on La Spezia. After repairs in Genoa through all of July and part of August, Roma was deployed as the flagship of Admiral Carlo Bergamini in a large battle group that eventually comprised the three Vittorio Venetos, eight cruisers and eight destroyers. Their stated intent was attacking the Allied ships approaching Salerno to invade Italy (Operation "Avalanche") but, in reality, the Italian fleet was sailing to Malta to surrender following Italy's September 8, 1943 armistice with the Allies. While the force was in the Strait of Bonifacio, Dornier Do 217s of the German Luftwaffe's Kampfgeschwader 100—armed with Fritz X radio-controlled bombs—the pioneering deployment of any sort of unpowered, free-fall precision-guided munition in military history—sighted the force. The first attack failed, but the second dealt Italia (ex-Littorio) and Roma much damage. The hit on Roma caused water to flood two boiler rooms and the after engine room, leaving the ship to limp along with two propellers, reduced power, and arc-induced fires in the stern of the ship. Shortly thereafter, another bomb slammed into the ship which detonated within the forward engine room, causing catastrophic flooding and the explosion of the #2 main turret's magazines, throwing the turret itself into the sea. Sinking by the bow and leaning to starboard, Roma capsized and broke in two, carrying 1253, including Bergamini and the ship's captain Adone Del Cima, down with her. In her 15-month service life, Roma made 20 sorties, mostly in transfers between bases (none were to go into combat), covering 2,492 mi (4,010 km) and using 3,320 tonnes (3,270 long tons; 3,660 short tons) of fuel oil in 133 hours of sailing. General characteristics Displacement: 37,820 long tons (38,430 t; 42,360 short tons) light[5] 40,723 long tons (41,376 t; 45,610 short tons) standard[5] 43,797 long tons (44,500 t; 49,053 short tons) normal[5] 45,773 long tons (46,508 t; 51,266 short tons) full load[5] Length: 787.728 ft (240.099 m) oa[6] 734.070 ft (223.745 m) pp[6] Beam: 108.104 ft (32.950 m) maximum beam[6] 106.408 ft (32.433 m) waterline beam[6] Draft: 34.252 ft (10.440 m) @ 45,473 long tons (46,203 t; 50,930 short tons)[6] Propulsion: 8 Yarrow boilers, 4 shafts, 138,035 shaft horsepower[7] Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)[7] Range: 3,920 nautical miles (7,260 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)[7] Complement: 1,920[7] Armament: 3 × 3 381 mm (15.0 in)/50 caliber Model 1934 guns[8] 4 × 3 152 mm (6.0 in)/55 Model 1934 guns[8] 12 × 1 90 mm (3.5 in)/50 anti-aircraft guns[8] 20 × 2 37 mm (1.5 in)/50 guns[8] 32 × 20 mm (0.79 in)/65 guns[8] 6 × 1 8 mm (0.31 in) guns[8] Aircraft carried: 3 aircraft (IMAM Ro.43 or Reggiane Re.2000)
  7. The Flavio Gioia ere built with a steel hull, rigs to ship and equipped with a guard horizontally on the deck of cell type. In 1892 were turned into training ships with the appropriate changes and in this capacity continued their life. Participated in the First World War . He was disbarred in 1928 and replaced by the current Amerigo Vespucci Main Features Displacement 2760 (normal), 3,064 (full load) Length 84.5 (ft) - 78 (pp.) m Width 12.8 m Draft 5.9 m Propulsion 8 boilers, one driving Alternatively, 1 propeller, 4,156 SHP power Speed 14 knots Autonomy unlimited sailing, 500 tons. coal Crew 268 Armament 8 cannons 150 mm 3 75 mm cannons
  8. The second Italian battleship named Andrea Doria was an Andrea Doria-class battleship of the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy). She served in both World War I and World War II before being decommissioned in 1958. The battleship was named after the 16th century Genoese Admiral Andrea Doria (1466–1560). In 1920 she was involved in the Italo-Yugoslav dispute over the city of Fiume. The ship was extensively rebuilt between 1937 and 1940, with Q turret removed and main guns re-bored. New machinery, secondary armament, and improved armour were also fitted. During World War II the Andrea Doria served primarily as a convoy escort between Italy and Libya and took part in the First Battle of Sirte. After the Armistice in September 1943 the ship was sailed to Malta and interned by the Allies until after the war when she was returned to Italy to serve as a training ship until 1953. General characteristics Displacement: As built: 22,956 tons normal 24,729 tons full load As modernized: 26,434 tons normal 29,391 tons full load Length: 168.96 m (554.3 ft) Beam: 28.03 m (92.0 ft) Draft: 8.58 m (28.1 ft) Propulsion: As built: Steam turbine system 20 boilers 4 shafts 30,000 shp As modernized: Steam turbine system 8 Yarrow type boilers 2 shafts 75,000 shp Speed: As built: 21 knots (39 km/h) As modernized: 27 knots (50 km/h) Complement: As built: 1,233 As modernized: 1,485 Armament: As built: 13 × 305 mm (12 in) guns (Three triple and two double turrets) 16 × 152 mm (6 in) guns 13 × 76 mm (3 in) guns 6 × 76 mm anti-aircraft guns 3 × 450 mm (18 in) torpedo tubes As modernized: 10 × 320 mm (12.6 in) guns (Two triple and two double turrets) 12 × 135 mm (5.3 in) guns (Four triple turrets) 10 × 90 mm (3.5 in) anti-aircraft guns 15 × 37 mm anti-aircraft guns 16 × 20 mm anti-aircraft guns Armor: Belt: 254 mm Turrets: 280 mm Decks: 98 mm
  9. Blue_Beta

    Submarine "Veniero"

    The submarine VENIERO (second Italian boat with this name) was one of oceanic submariners of the class “MARCELLO”, a successful class built by the C.R.D.A. shipyard of Monfalgone, Gorizia (9 units), and O.T.O. of Muggiano, La Spezia (2 units), between 1937 and 1939. The VENIERO was built in Monfalcone: laid down on January 23rd, 1937, it was launched on February 14th, 1938 and delivered to the Regia Marina on June 6th of the same year. Operational Life At the beginning of the war (June 10th, 1940), the VENIERO was assigned to the 1st Submarine Group, 12th Squadron based in La Spezia. After a patrol off the southern part of Cape Artibes (from June 10th to June 21st, 1940), on July 2nd the boat, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Folco Bonamici, left La Spezia bound to Bordeaux. It crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, submerged, the night of the 7th; it was the first Italian boat to accomplish this task made difficult both by tight British surveillance and the navigational difficulties due to the strong underwater currents. These conditions were little known the Italians, and the observations made by Captain Bonamici helped the Submarine Command formulate orders for future crossing of the strait. After a fruitless patrol off the Canary Islands, the night of the 27th the VENIERO crossed again submerged the strait to return to the Mediterranean. It reached La Spezia on August 1st. After a stop at the shipyard to complete some alterations made necessary by the specific operational conditions of the war in Atlantic, on the 28th, under the command of the new skipper Lieutenant Mario Petrani, the boat departed to reach BETASOM, the new Atlantic base in Bordeaux. During the transfer, it remained on patrol off the southern part of the Azores Islands for about a month, but without sighting any target. Later, after having reached Bordeaux, it avoided by very little two torpedoes launched by a British submarine on patrol near the estuary of the Gironde. The VENIERO arrived in Bordeaux on November 2nd, 1940. In Atlantic, in completed 6 patrols: On December 18th, it torpedoed and then sank with the deck gun the Greek ship ANASTASSIA of 2,883 t., but picked up 9 shipwrecked sailors. On March 24th, 1941 it sank with the deck gun the British ship “AGNETE MAERSK” of 2,104 t. because the three torpedoes launched, perhaps due to the shallow draft of the ship, failed to explode. When it was decided to bring back to the Mediterranean 11 of the oceanic submarines, where the situation required an increase in the number of boats, the VENIERO was included in the list. Thus, on August 8th 1941, under the command of the new skipper Lieutenant Elio Zappetta, the boat departed for Italy arriving in La Spezia on the 2nd, remaining there three months for repairs. In Mediterranean, the boat completed 7 patrols, of which one on December 19th, 1941 to transport 50 t. of foodstuff from Taranto to Bardia, in Cirenaica (Libya). The VENIERO’s last mission started May 17th, 1942 when it left Cagliari (Sardinia) to go on patrol off the Balearic Islands. On the 29th, at 16:25, it sent a discovery signal. At 23:30 sent another signal that resulted unrecognizable. From this time on, all contacts were lost. The boat was probably sunk on the 7th of June between the Balearic Island and Sardinia. After the war, from British sources it was learned that an airplane type “Catalina” attacked an Italian submarine in the early hours of the 7th of June 1942. The same day, just before 12:00 noon, the same submarine underwent another attack while navigating on the surface, visibly damaged. Since in the positions, dates, and times the two attacks had taken place there weren’t any other Italian submariners, it is reasonable to assume that the submarine attacked by the British planes was indeed the VENIERO. Anastassia Ship-owner: John Livanos & Sons Ltd, manager for C. Choremis Year Constructed: 1905 Shipyard: Bartam & Sons, Sunderland. Previous names: King City 1927, Quarrrydene 1919 Convoy: Convoy SC15 Date lost: Sunk 20.12.40 Position: 54 24N, 19 4W Casualties: 18 + 10 POW Agnete Maersk Ship-owner: MØLLER, A P Copenhagen Year Built: 1921 Shipyard: Yarrow and Co., Scotstoun Previous names: ex Aabenraa 1924 Change of ownership: 5.40 transferred to MoWT Date lost: 24.3.41 Shelled at 4:09 PM Convoy: OG56 From UK to Gibraltar Position: 49 N 22 55 W Casualties: 28, no survivors General characteristics Displacement: on surface 1060 t in immersion 1313 t Lenght: 73 m Width: 7,2 m Heigh 4,7 m Propulsion: X2 3000 HP Diesel engines X2 1100 HP secondary Diesel engines Top speed : on surface 17,4 knots in immersion 8 knots Autonomy: on surface 7500 miles at 9,4 knots in immersion 120 miles at 3 knots Armament X2 cannons 100/47 mm X4 anti-aircraft guns 13,2 mm X8 torpedo tubes 533 mm X16 torbedos (8 +8 backup)
  10. Raptor_Fulcrum

    Project UP.41

    In 1937 was drafted new of battleship with a weight of 45,000 t, which ignored the limits imposed by the Treaty of Washington on displacement and armed with 406 mm guns in brand new that Ansaldo was planning. In reality, whereas at full load battleships Littorio class passed the 40,000 t is possible guess that these ships would have surpassed 50,000 tons. Italy had not any drydock could contain them so was started the project of a huge drydock in the port of Taranto. This project was then continued until 1941, when it became clear the impossibility to finish it before 5 or 6 years. The primary and secondary artillery would have a disposition with 9 406/50 mm cannons and 12 152/55 mm, very similar to the Littorio class, as indeed was similar the general shape of the hull. The anti-aircraft armament would have been much improved and consists of 24 guns 90/53 mm in the newest twin turrets, while the 37mm guns were placed in new plants quadruple for rapid fire. The engine would be only slightly more powerful respect class Littorio and in fact it was expected for these battleship a maximum speed of 28 knots. The protection would have been increased in all its aspects, although not in an excessive way. When in 1938 they were ordered two new battleships Littorio class, this project, strongly wanted by Admiral Pini but with opposed by Cavagnari for economic reasons, was abandoned. I have not been able to find solid information on this ship were performed a lot studies on it and some of these projects were sent to the Russian navy with the code UP.41​​. Much information from "Warship 2006": Immages from "ЛИНЕЙНЫЕ КОРАБЛИ ТИПА СОВЕТСКИЙ СОЮЗ" Info from: "British, Soviet, French and Dutch Battleships of WWII" Technical data reported to the project sent to the Russian Navy. from: "British, Soviet, French and Dutch Battleships of WWII"
  11. Blue_Beta

    Battleship "Littorio"

    Littorio was a Littorio-class battleship that served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was named after the Lictor ("Littorio" in Italian), in ancient times the bearer of the Roman fasces, which was adopted as the symbol of Italian Fascism. Littorio and her sister Vittorio Veneto were built in response to the French battleships Dunkerque and Strasbourg. They were Italy's first modern battleships, and the first 35,000 ton capital ships of any nation to be built under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty. Littorio was the second of the class to be launched, about a month after the Vittorio Veneto, and was commissioned 6 May 1940, 8 days after her sister. Littorio took part in several operational sorties, most of which failed to result in any action, the notable exception being the Second Battle of Sirte, where she damaged several British warships. Littorio was the victim of several Allied aerial attacks throughout her career, the worst of which was the British air raid on the Italian fleet at Taranto on 11 November 1940, which put her out of action until the following March. Littorio was renamed Italia in July 1943 after the fall of the Fascist government. On 9 September 1943 - the day following the announcement of the Italian armistice - the Italian fleet was attacked by German bombers. During this action, which saw the destruction of her sister Roma, Italia herself was hit by a Fritz X radio-controlled bomb, causing light damage to her bow. As part of the armistice agreement, Italia was interned at Malta, Alexandria, and finally in the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal, where she remained until 1947. Italia was scrapped at La Spezia 1952-54. General characteristics Class and type: Littorio-class battleship Displacement: 37,820 long tons (38,430 t) (light)[5] 40,723 long tons (41,376 t) (standard)[5] 43,143 long tons (43,835 t) (normal)[5] 45,237 long tons (45,963 t) (full load)[5] Length: 780.05 ft (237.76 m) oa[6] 734.070 ft (223.745 m) pp[6] Beam: 108.104 ft (32.950 m) max beam[6] 106.408 ft (32.433 m) waterline[6] Draft: 34.252 ft (10.440 m) @ 45,029 long tons (45,752 t; 50,432 short tons)[6] Installed power: 128,222 shp (95,615 kW) (normal)[7] 138,085 shp (102,970 kW) (overload)[7] Propulsion: 8 × Yarrow boilers, 4 × steam turbines, 4 × shafts[7] Speed: 29 kn (33 mph; 54 km/h) (full-load)[7] Range: 3,920 mi (6,310 km; 3,410 nmi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)[8] Complement: 1,802-1,960[9] Sensors and processing systems: EC 3 ter 'Gufo' Radar[10] Armament: 3 × 3 381 mm (15.0 in)/50 cal guns[11] 4 × 3 152 mm (6.0 in)/55 cal guns[11] 4 × 1 120 mm (4.7 in)/40 guns for illumination[11] 12 × 1 90 mm (3.5 in)/50 anti-aircraft guns[11] 20 37 mm (1.5 in)/54 guns (8 × 2; 4 × 1)[11] 10 × 2 20 mm (0.79 in)/65 guns[11] 6 × 1 8 mm (0.31 in) guns[12] Armor: max 350 mm (14 in) (vertical)[11] max 207 mm (8.1 in) (horizontal)[11] Aircraft carried: 3 aircraft (IMAM Ro.43 or Reggiane Re.2000)[11] Aviation facilities: 1 stern catapult[11] http://xoomer.virgil...ttorio-web2.jpg