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This page is about the Italian destroyer RN Leone. For the other Leone-class destroyer, see RN Tigre.
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RN Leone
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4.3 4.3 4.3
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Description

The Leone-class, RN Leone, 1938 is a rank III Italian destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

The Leone was originally designed as an "esploratore" (scout cruiser). As such, she is significantly larger than contemporary destroyers of the early 1920s and carries a heavy gun armament at the expense of less torpedoes. Despite her design preceding the Comandante Margottini and Corazziere by some 20 years, she is a larger and more heavily armed ship, and thus comes after them in the Italian bluewater tech tree.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower12 / 12 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement2 648 t
Crew206 people

The Leone has no armour whatsoever other than 12 mm plating partially protecting her main gun mounts.

Her bow main gun ammunition magazine is partially exposed above the waterline. This makes it more vulnerable to penetrating hits, which will detonate the ammunition magazine with immediately fatal results. The stern magazine is below the waterline, and thus less vulnerable.

The Leone has a crew of 206 men, which is slightly smaller than that of the preceding Corazziere.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB77 / 34 km/h
RB63 / 28 km/h

The Leone is somewhat slower than her immediate predecessor, Corazziere, and also has poorer handling and acceleration characteristics due to her greater length and bulk, although they are still acceptable.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 77 34
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 63 28

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 860 → 3 718 Sl icon.png
RB3 680 → 4 784 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications38 000 Rp icon.png
83 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training39 000 Sl icon.png
Experts140 000 Sl icon.png
Aces590 Ge icon.png
Research Aces360 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode
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Armament

Primary armament

4 х Turret2 x 120 mm/45 Canet-Schneider-Armstrong mod.1918-19
Ammunition400 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 32°

The Leone has a heavy gun armament (for a destroyer) of eight 120/45 Canet-Schneider-Armstrong Mod. 1918/19 main guns. These fire the same shells as the 120/45 OTO Mod. 1926 guns on the Italian reserve destroyer Turbine and have generally identical performance to them as well. They are distributed in four twin mounts, one in the bow, one in the stern, and the other two amidships. Three of these mounts have unlimited traverse, but the one sited between the funnels cannot be traversed fully because of the fore funnel blocking the guns. The guns have a fairly low rate of fire of only 7 rounds/minute maximum with an aced crew.

The 120 mm guns fire HE, HE-DF, and APHE shells. The HE (and identical HE-DF) shells have a large filler for a 120 mm shell at 2.39 kg of TNT, which is significantly more than those of the newer 120 mm HE shells used by the Dardo and Corazziere and even the larger 135 mm HE shells of the Comandante Margottini, Attilio Regolo, and Etna. However, her APHE has less filler than the APHE on those other ships. HE-DF explodes at the range set by the rangefinder, primarily for anti-aircraft usage, but the limited gun elevation makes the main guns quite hard to use in the anti-aircraft role.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917, Modif.1930 automatic cannon
Ammunition1500 rounds
Belt capacity50 rounds
Fire rate200 shots/min

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Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret2 x 13,2 mm Breda Model 31 machinegun
Ammunition6000 rounds
Belt capacity30 rounds
Fire rate500 shots/min

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Additional armament

Setup 14 x 533 mm steam turbined torpedo S.I. 250/533,4X7,5 Tipo A

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Usage in battles

The Leone sacrifices torpedo armament for heavier main gun armament. With a large salvo of eight fairly powerful HE shells, she can deal a substantial amount of damage to opposing destroyers with a single salvo. However, the low rate of fire of the main guns also mean that she cannot really compete in a prolonged duel against fast-firing destroyers (particular the American ones with 5"/38 main guns), and despite her larger size she actually has a smaller crew count than the Corazziere and Comandante Margottini. Furthermore, her partially exposed bow ammunition magazine is a dangerous weakness, especially in close range fights.

Her torpedo armament is very poor, with only four fairly underwhelming 533 mm torpedoes that are not particularly fast and that have a very short range of only 4 km without the torpedo mode installed. It is worth considering not bringing them at all, especially since they are a potential hazard if hit by enemy fire.

It is also worth noting that the Leone has better firing angles towards the stern of the ship than towards the bow. Angling towards the enemy in such a way that the ship fires towards the stern is worth considering, especially since this also exposes the bow ammunition magazine less.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Large number of main guns
  • Large main gun HE shell explosive filler
  • Large field-of-fire towards the stern of the ship
  • Reasonable penetration and filler for the APHE shell

Cons:

  • Low main gun rate of fire
  • Inadequate anti-aircraft armament
  • Only four torpedoes with a very short range without torpedo mode installed
  • Above-waterline bow ammunition magazine

History

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See also

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Ansaldo
Corvettes 
Gabbiano-class  RN Gabbiano
Destroyers 
Leone-class  RN Leone · RN Tigre
Light Cruisers 
Condottieri-class  RN Bartolomeo Colleoni · RN Raimondo Montecuccoli · RN Eugenio di Savoia

Italy destroyers
Leone-class  RN Leone · RN Tigre
Turbine-class  RN Aquilone · RN Turbine
Dardo-class  RN Dardo
Soldati-class  RN Aviere · RN Corazziere · RN Geniere
Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro-class  RN Comandante Margottini
Fante-class  Geniere