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CARLO BERGAMINI frigates (1961 - 1962)


Carlo Bergamini 1974


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Carlo Bergamini F593   CRDA, Monfalcone 19.7.1959 16.6.1960 23.6.1962 stricken 11.1981
Virgilio Fasan F594   Navalmeccanica, Castellammare di Stabia 6.3.1960 9.10.1960 10.10.1962 stricken 12.1988
Carlo Margottini F595   Navalmeccanica, Castellammare di Stabia 26.5.1957 12.6.1960 5.5.1962 stricken 5.1988
Luigi Rizzo F596   Navalmeccanica, Castellammare di Stabia 26.5.1957 6.3.1960 15.12.1961 stricken 11.1980

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

86.5 pp 94.0 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



F593, 596: 4 Tosi diesels

F594, 595: 4 Fiat diesels

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)3000(18)

3 x 1 - 76/62 MMI, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, 1 x 1 - 305 Menon ASWRL, 1 helicopter (AB-204)

Electronic equipmentSPS-12, SPQ-2, RTN-10X radars, SQS-40 sonar, SPR-A ECM suite


Standard scale images

<i>Carlo Bergamini </i>1963
Carlo Bergamini 1963
<i>Carlo Bergamini </i>1979
Carlo Bergamini 1979


<i>Carlo Bergamini </i>1974
Carlo Bergamini 1974

Project history

Although originally described as corvettes ('Corvette Veloci Tipo 2', or fast corvette Type 2), these ships were much closer to the faster frigates in ASW capability, and they were all re-rated as frigates. Even so, they were in effect replaced by the Minerva class corvettes. The last two ships listed were announced in June 1956 as part of the second five-year naval programme. Another pair was added that November. Work on Bergamini was suspended for a time in 1959 due to financial problems.

The main distinction between these 'fast corvettes' and the earlier frigates was their diesel powerplant, which limited their speed. The design initially called for three 76mm/62s ('A', 'B', 'X' positions), for a twin 40mm gun in 'Y' position, for two Menon single-barrel mortars side by side abaft 'B' position, and for three aft-firing 533mm torpedo tubes on the fantail. The fire control system was the new OG 3 with its Orion RTN-7X radar. In 1958, however, the Italian Navy decided that 76mm was the minimum calibre for a useful anti-aircraft weapon, and the twin 40mm gun was eliminated: one of the two Menon mortars replaced it. Then in 1960 the navy decided that an ASW helicopter, armed with a homing torpedo, was necessary to deal with modem fast submarines. The Menon aft was eliminated, the uptakes merged with the mast to form a 'mack', and a helicopter pad and telescopic hangar placed abaft the bridge structure. The fixed torpedo tubes were replaced by a pair of lightweight Mk 32 triple tubes (the first in the Italian Navy) for Mk 44 torpedoes. By this time the planned SQS-11 sonar had been superseded by the longer-range SQS-40 (a variant of SQS-4). The two single-barrel mortars abaft 'B' mount were replaced by a single mortar, which could lay down only a 7-round pattern. To make helicopter operation easier, the ships were fitted with fin stabilizers.


1968, Carlo Margottini; 1969, Virgilio Fasan; 1970, Carlo Bergamini; 1971, Luigi Rizzo: - 1 x 1 - 76/62, 1 AB-204 helicopter; + 1 AB-212 helicopter

Naval service

No significant events.