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Dear forum users, playmates. I decided to open this topic to make a suggestion to Wargaming! Just like Germany, Italy also attempted to build a CV. That's right! It will seem incredible, yet it is the truth. His name was Aquila and was 90% completed before the project was interrupted. Aquila (Eagle) was designed for the Royal Italian Navy during the Second World War, obtained with the conversion of the hull of the transatlantic Roma. (Not to be confused with the Littorio class battleship, launched afterwards). It was the first Italian aircraft carrier with a flight deck to have been built, but unfortunately it never entered service. A fate analogous to the Graf Zeppelin of Kriegsmarine. The Italian military leaders have always opposed the construction of aircraft carriers, but with the attack on the Taranto naval base on 12 November 1940, the effectiveness of the naval aviation embarked became evident and it was decided urgently to equip the Regia Marina with an aircraft carrier. Among the possible candidates for transformation into an aircraft carrier, a transatlantic liner was chosen that needed a lot of modernization work. The project was developed by the colonel of Navy engineer branch Luigi Gagnotto and included a unit with two superimposed bridges, with the lower deck used for takeoff and the upper one for aircraft landing. Exactly as it happened for the japanese aircraft carrier Kaga and the english one Furious. The ship would have been able to embark a total of about 54 airplanes, all with folding wings: 18 dive bombers Reggiane Re.2002, 18 fighters Reggiane Re.2001 and 18 torpedo bombers Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79. The armament consisted mainly in the AA defense: eight cannons of 135 mm, twelve anti-aircraft guns of 65 mm and one hundred and thirty-two machine guns of 20 mm. The engine was built using two apparatuses destined for light cruisers of the "Capitani Romani" class (available after the cancellation of the construction of four of the twelve planned units), equipping the Aquila with eight boilers and four turbines and recalibrating the power they allowed the ship to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots. Although it was damaged in November 1942, while it was still under construction in Genoa, on the date of the armistice of 8 September 1943, the ship was already 90% completed, practically ready for testing and sea trials and had already carried out the first static tests of the engine apparatus, but did not have time to enter active duty. On 9 September the ship fell into the hands of the Germans who took it over by entrusting it to the authorities of the Italian Social Republic, which attempted to complete it and put it into service in the Republican National Navy, but without success, due to the continuing Anglo-American bombardments, like that in the port of Genoa of 16 June 1944 in which the ship suffered serious damage. The Germans began a partial dismantling to recycle her iron and finally on 19 April 1945 the ship was attacked by underwater assault vehicles of the Italian cobelligerent forces, to prevent the Germans from using the big hull and sinking it to block the entry of the port of Genoa. At the end of the war, on April 24th 1945, it was found again floating, half submerged and placed in the middle of the port in an extreme attempt to block the passage in the port. It was towed to La Spezia in 1949, awaiting a decision on its possible re-use for civil use, but once the difficulty and the high cost necessary to bring the ship back to its original state of steamer was found, its demolition was decided upon in 1952. UPON DATA Type Aircraft Carrier Manufacturer Ansaldo - Genoa Final destiny Dismantled in 1952 Displacement 23.500 Gross tonnage 27.800 tsl Length 235,5 m Width 30 m Height 23 m Draught 7,3 m Flight deck length 211.6 - width 25.2 m Propulsion 8 boilers, 4 turbines - Power: 151,000 HP Speed 30 knots (56 km/h) Complement 1420 Armament 8x1 135mm, 12x1 65mm, 132x2 20mm Armour 70 mm vertical, 80 horizontal Aircraft carried 54 (fighters, dive bombers, torpedo bombers) What do you think about this mysterious metal creature? Would it have helped to improve the fate of the sea war for Italy, or would it have only slowed its inevitable fate? I hope this topic gets a bit of your interest and can be an inspiration for the Wargaming developer team. Perhaps they will find it appealing to add this to the still small tech tree of the Italian navy on Warld of Warships!
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Littorio class - Principal Technical Characteristics* Displacement (tonnes): standard 41,650, light load 44,050, full load 46,215 (Roma) Dimensions (metres): overall lenght 238.8 (Roma); waterline 232.4; between perpendiculars 234.5 overall width 32.9; waterline 32.4 average draught under full load 10.5; under light load 9.8 Machinery: Eight Yarrow boilers with angled water tubes, with superheating Four Belluzzo geared turbine groups, simple reduction Four three-bladed propellers; three rudders, one main and two auxiliary output at normal speed at full power = 133,000 hp output developed during trials: 139,561 hp (Littorio), 134,616 hp (Veneto) Speed: maximum 29 at full load (trials Littorio 31.2 at 41,782 tonnes; Veneto 31.4 at 41,900 tonnes) Range (miles/at knots): 4,580/16; 3,920/20; 1,770/30 with 4,000 tonnes of fuel Armour (mm): maximum vertical, at waterline 350 (composite 70 + 280); maximum horizontal 207; tower 260; main gun turrets 380-350; medium calibre turrets 280-150 Underwater protection: Pugliese "absorbing cylinder" system Armament (mm) Nine 381/50 guns in triple turrets Twelve 152/55 guns in four triple turrets Four 120/40 guns for illumination rounds in single shielded mounts Twelve 90/50 anti-aircraft guns in stabilised single turrets Twenty 37/54 guns in eight twin mounts and four single mounts Twenty 20/65 guns in ten twin mounts (from 1942: Roma twenty-eight in fourteen mounts) One traversing catapult, at the stern, and three aircraft (three Ro 43 floatplanes; from the end of 1942: two or one Ro 43 and one or two Re 2000 GA fighters) Radar: Type EC 3/ter "Gufo" (Roma, one from June 1943) Crew: normal complement 1,866 (comprising 92 officers, 122 warrant officers, 12 civilians, 134 petty officers, 1,506 seamen) *Technical data based on the book: The Littorio Class: Italy's Last and Largest Battleships 1937-1948 by Erminio Bagnasco and Augusto de Toro