Italian Cruiser Alberto da Giussano

The Di Giussano class light cruisers were built before World War II for the Italian Regia Marina. They were to contribute towards Facist Italian predominance in the Mediterranean Sea. The Da Giussano class was the first of Condottieri class cruisers that constituted a sequence of five, different, light cruiser classes of the Regia Marina. 

Alberto da Giussano was an Italian Condottieri class cruiser, and the lead ship of her class, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was launched on 27 April 1930. Commissioned in 1931, Alberto da Giussano later supported the Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War. After the Italian entry into World War II, she was the Battle of Punta Stilo in July 1940. She carried out a minelaying sortie off Pantelleria in August, and for the rest of the year acted as distant cover for troop and supply convoys to North Africa. She was hit by a torpedo amidships, burst into flames and sunk on 13 December 1941, in the Battle of Cape Bon. 

Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1930
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Italy 1931 1941 View

Laid down: 29 March 1928

Displacement: 6,571 tonnes (6,467 long tons) (standard) 

6,954 tonnes (6,844 long tons) (full load)

Length: 169.3 m (555 ft 5 in

Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)

Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)

Propulsion: 6 Yarrow-Ansaldo boilers 

2 Belluzo turbines 

2 shafts 

95,000 hp

Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h or 43 mph)

Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h or 21 mph)

Complement: 507

Armament: 8 x 152 mm (6 in) guns in 4 twin mountings 

6 x 100 mm (3.9 in) guns in 3 twin mountings 

8 x 37 mm/53 machine-guns 

8 x 13.2 mm machine-guns 

4 x 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

Armor: Decks: 20 mm (0.79 in) 

Belt: 24 mm (0.94 in) 

Turrets: 23 mm (0.91 in) 

Tower: 40 mm (1.6 in)

Aircraft carried: 2 x CANT 25AR (later Ro.43) seaplanes

Aviation facilities: 1 x catapult launcher

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