Zara-class Heavy Cruiser
The Zara-class were a group of 4 Heavy Cruisers built for the Regia Marina.
- RN Pola (1941)
- RN Zara (1941)
Vehicles are listed in order of refit year, not build year
The Zara-class was a group of four heavy cruisers built for the Italian Royal Navy in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
While the Trento-class heavy cruisers were under construction, the Italian naval command began to doubt their effectiveness. It therefore proposed a new cruiser design, trading the Trento's high speed for greater armor protection. The finished design weighed more than 11,500 standard tons, far above the limits set by the Washington Naval Treaty. However, its rated weight was below the treaty limits.
The armament configuration of the Zara-class was the same for all ships of the Group (RN Zara, RN Fiume , RN Gorizia and RN Pola)
The Zara-classes were armed with eight 203 mm cannons in four twin turrets-these weapons were among the most advanced at the time. It also had sixteen 100 mm cannons in eight twin mounts, as well as discrete anti-aircraft weapons. No torpedo launchers installed; and she was capable of reaching 33 knots (61 km/h).
|Ship name||Builder||Setting||Launch||Entry in Service||Final Destiny|
|RN Zara||OTO La Spezia||4 July 1929||27 April 1930||20 October 1931||29 March 1941||Sunk, during the Battle of Cape Matapan|
|RN Fiume||STT (Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino)||29 April 1929||27 April 1930||23 November 1931||28 March 1941||Sunk, during the Battle of Cape Matapan|
|RN Gorizia||OTO Livorno||17 March 1930||28 December 1930||23 December 1931||10 April 1943||Heavily damaged by an air raid, it was abandoned on September 9, 1943 in the harbor, after the war it will be demolished|
|RN Pola||OTO Livorno||17 March 1931||5 December 1931||21 December 1932||29 March 1941||Sunk, during the Battle of Cape Matapan|
|Italy heavy cruisers|
|Zara-class||RN Zara · RN Pola|