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REGIA MARINA (ITALY)

CRUISERS

FR11 light cruisers

sister-ship Georges Leygues 1938

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
FR11 (ex-Jean de Vienne)   Arsenal de Brest, France 20/12/1931 31/7/1935 10/2/1937 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943
FR12 (ex-La Galissonnière)   Arsenal de Lorient, France 15/12/1931 18/11/1933 1/4/1936 // --- captured incomplete by Germany 9/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

7600

Displacement full, t

9100

Length, m

172.0 pp 179.5 oa

Breadth, m

17.5

Draught, m

5.35 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

FR11: Rateau-Bretagne geared steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

FR12: Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Power, h. p.

84000

Max speed, kts

31

Fuel, t

oil 1569

Endurance, nm(kts) 6800(14)

Armour, mm

belt: 105, torpedo bulkhead: 20, bulkheads: 60 - 20, deck: 38, turrets: 100 - 50, barbettes: 95 - 70, CT: 95 - 50

Armament

FR.11: 3 x 3 - 152/55 M1930, 4 x 2 - 90/50 M1930, 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 1 x 2 - 25/60 M1938, 6 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 550 TT, 1 catapult, 3 seaplanes

FR.12: 3 x 3 - 152/55 M1930, 4 x 2 - 90/50 M1930, 1 x 2 - 37/50 M1933, 1 x 2 - 25/60 M1938, 6 x 2 - 13.2/76, 2 x 2 - 550 TT, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes

Complement

540

Ship project history: After suicide of the French fleet at Toulon in November, 1942, Italians managed to salvage in 1943 2 cruisers of La Galissonière class: Jean de Vienne and La Galissonière, received new numbers FR11 and FR12. The ships have towed off to Italy and had time to begin restoring repair, but after September, 1943 works were actually stopped. Ex-La Galissonnière was captured by Germans in September 1943 and 18/8/1944 sunk by American B-25 bombers. Ex-Jean de Vienne ran aground 24/11/1943 after Allied air attack and scrapped after war.

Ship protection: Torpedo bulkhead protected the hull between end barbettes. Main 105mm belt protected machinery and command center under main deck, it was about 2m narrower abreast magazines. Transverse bulkheads had 60mm thickness between main deck and upper platform and 20mm between upper platform and double bottom. They were placed forward from barbette No1, between command center and barbette No2, between machinery spaces and barbette No3 and aft from barbette No3. Belt was closed by 38mm main deck. Steering gear compartment had 38mm crown, 26mm sides and 20mm transverse bulkheads. Turrets had 100mm faces, 50mm sides and crowns and 40mm rears. Barbettes had 95mm protection over upper deck and 70mm between main and upper decks. CT had 95mm sides and 50mm roof and had communication tube with 45mm armour.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14