The Oriani-class (also known as the Poeti-class), were a group of four destroyers built for the Italian Navy in the late 1930s. They were a repeat of the Maestrale-class destroyers, but had increased machinery power and a different anti-aircraft armament. The increase in power, however, disappointed in that there was only a marginal speed improvement. The obsolete 40mm anti-aircraft guns were finally discontinued, being replaced by extra 13.2mm machine guns; otherwise armament was unchanged. Significant upgrades were made to the weapons systems of the two ships that survived Matapan, similar to those made to the Maestrales.


  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period:
  • Characteristics: 1937-1954
    • Length: 350 feet 1 inch (106.71 meters)
    • Beam: 33 feet 4 inches (10.16 meters)
    • Draught: 11 feet 3 inches (3.43 meters)
    • Displacement: 1,559 tons (Standard); 2,470 tons (full Load)
  • Crew: 207
  • Propulsion: 3 x Thornycroft type boilers, 2 x Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 48,000 shp (35,800 kW)
  • Range: 2,190 nautical miles (4,056 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 38 knots (70.38 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Seetakt Surface Search RDF
  • Armament:
    • 4 x OTO 120mm/50-caliber Model 1936 dual purpose naval guns (2x2)
    • 4 x 37mm/54-caliber Model 1938 anti-aircraft guns (2x2)
    • 6 x 13.2mm/76-caliber anti-aircraft machine guns (3x2)
    • 6 x 533mm torpedo tubes
    • 56 x mines

Unit RunEdit

  • RM Alfredo Oriani
  • RM Vincenzo Gioberti
  • RM Giosuè Carducci
  • RM Vittorio Alfieri

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