76 mm/40 Armstrong mod.1897/1912 (76 mm)
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The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 showed the real threat of destroyer-type ships after the conflict ended. The Regia Marina (Royal Italian Navy) kept the lessons the war showed in mind when they laid down their first dreadnought for the arms race that preceded World War I. The RN Dante Alighieri was laid down with 13 anti-torpedo boat guns in single mounts to defend it. The guns used were not actually built in Italy itself but purchased from Britain. Elswick Ordnance Works, the arms division of Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company started getting involved in the export business in the 1870s when they lost a significant contract to build guns for the Royal Navy to Woolwich Arsenal. Even when advances in breech-loading technology led to the Elswick guns being adopted started in the 1880s, the company kept its export business going. In 1897, production began on the 3 inch 12pdr 12 cwt QF designed in 1894 to defend larger vessels from torpedo boats. The Regia Marina purchased 13 such examples to arm their Dante Alighieri dreadnought in 1912 hence the designation Armstrong Mod.1897/1912. The guns were later replaced according to some sources with more powerful L/50 cannons. Regardless, none of the guns of the ship were ever fired in anger as the ship was only engaged in the Second Battle Durazzo (in present-day Albania) during World War II where she was positioned to attack potential but ultimately non-existent Austro-Hungarian reinforcements from Cattaro (now Kotor, Montenegro). The First World War did significant damage to the Italian economy and left them unable to maintain a large fleet. Being seen as outdated compared to the more modern dreadnoughts in the Regia Marina by Admiral Giovanni Sechi, the RN Dante Alighieri was scrapped in 1928 to reduce the naval budget.
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