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The Francesco Caracciolo-class battleships were designed for the Italian Regia Marina in 1912–1913 and ordered in 1914; the first ship of the class, Francesco Caracciolo, was laid down that year. The other three ships, Cristoforo Colombo, Marcantonio Colonna, and Francesco Morosini were all laid down in 1915. Armed with a main battery of eight 381 mm (15.0 in) guns and possessing a top speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), the four ships of the class were the equivalent to the British Queen Elizabeth-class battleships. Due to material shortages and shifting construction priorities after the outbreak of World War I in 1914, they weren't completed until the early-to-mid 1920s.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Battleship
  • Service Period: 1924-194X
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 696 feet (212.14 meters)
    • Beam: 97 feet 1 inch (29.6 meters)
    • Draft: 31 feet 2 inches (9.5 meters)
    • Displacement: 30,893 (Standard); 33,036 tons (Full Load)
  • Propulsion: 20 × boilers, 4 × Parsons steam turbines, 4 × shafts, 105,000 shp (78,000 kW)
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 10 knots (18 km/)
  • Speed: 28 knots (51.86 km/h)
  • Crew: 1,700 (96 officers and 1,604 enlisted)
  • Armament:
    • 8 × 381mm/40-caliber Model 1914 naval guns (4x2)
    • 12 × 152mm/45-caliber Model 1911 naval guns (12x1)
    • 8 × 102mm/45-caliber Model 1917 (8x1)
    • 12 × 40mm/39-caliber Model 1915 (12x1)
  • Armour:
    • Belt: 303 mm (11.93 in)
    • Turrets: 400 mm (15.75 in)
    • Conning tower: 400 mm (15.75 in)
    • Deck: 50 mm (1.97 in)

Unit RunEdit

Ship Name Builders Launch Commission–
Decommission
Fate Notes
RM Francesco CaraccioloCastellamare Navy Yard, Castellamare di StabiaDecember 12th, 1920November 27th, 1924 -
RM Marcantonio ColonnaOderi Setri Ponete Shipyards, GenovaFebruary 9th, 1921January 16th, 1925 -
RM Cristoforo ColomboAnsaldo Shipyards, GenoaMarch 28th, 1921February 2nd, 1925 -
RM Francesco MorosiniOrlando Shipyard, LivornoJuly 31st, 1921June 4th, 1925 -

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