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Vittorio Veneto

Ship ClassVittorio Veneto-class Battleship
BuilderCantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico, Triest, Italy
Laid Down28 Oct 1934
Launched25 Jul 1937
Commissioned28 Apr 1940
Decommissioned1 Feb 1948
Displacement41,377 tons standard; 45,752 tons full
Length778 feet
Beam107 feet
Draft31 feet
Machinery8 x Yarrow boilers, 4 x Belluzzo steam turbines
Power Output134,000 shaft horsepower
Speed30 knots
Range4500nm at 18kts
Armament4x3 155mm, 12x90mm anti-aircraft, 20x37mm, 30x20mm
Armor13.8in at belt and barbettes, 8.1in on deck


ww2dbaseNamed after the decisive Italian victory at the Battle of Vittorio Veneto during WW1, battleship Vittorio Veneto was commissioned into service just in time for Italy's entrance into WW2. She was designed by Umberto Pugliese and was the first battleship to exceed the restrictions set by the Washington Treaty. In Nov 1940, she drove off the British 7th Cruiser Squadron during the Battle of Cape Teulada. In Mar 1941, she participated in the Battle of Matapan, where Vice Admiral Angelo Iachino's task force centered around Vittorio Veneto hunted for a British convoy but due to failure in intelligence she ended up nearly fallen victim to British guns and aircraft. She suffered damage and returned to Taranto for repairs; she was out of commission for five months. In Jun 1942, she participated in a battle alongside of Littorio where the presence of Italian warship scared off an important British convoy to Alexandria, Egypt. After the Italian surrender, Vittorio Veneto was sent to the Suez Canal. Taken as reparations, she was originally planned to be used against southern coast of Vichy-France and then in the Pacific against Japan, but the plan was not carried out. She was scrapped in 1948.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2007

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Vittorio Veneto Operational Timeline

28 Apr 1940 Vittorio Veneto was commissioned into service.
13 Dec 1941 Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto departed Naples, Italy.
14 Dec 1941 British submarine HMS Urge attacked Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto in the Strait of Messina between southern Italy and the island of Sicily; the heavy damage caused by this torpedo attack would put the battleship out of action for several months.
1 Feb 1948 Vittorio Veneto was decommissioned from service.


Launching of battleship Vittorio Veneto, Trieste, Italy, 25 Jul 1937Launching a Re.2000 Falco I fighter from Vittorio Veneto
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1. Wayne Brinker says:
12 Jun 2009 01:42:35 PM

Main armament was 3x3 381mm 50 cal. (15")

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Launching of battleship Vittorio Veneto, Trieste, Italy, 25 Jul 1937Launching a Re.2000 Falco I fighter from Vittorio Veneto
See all 10 photographs of Battleship Vittorio Veneto

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