Zara-class Heavy Cruiser

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Description

The Zara-class were a group of 4 Heavy Cruisers built for the Regia Marina.

Vehicles

Rank IV

Rank V

Vehicles are listed in order of refit year, not build year

History

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
Trento-class  RN Trento
Zara-class  RN Zara · RN Pola