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Oriani class destroyer
Classe Poeti

Launched In September 1936, they were a class of four vessels that were repeats of the Maestrale class. The most important modification respect to Maestrale class was the instalation of improved macchinery of the same weight but with a increase of 4000 HP. All units were laid down by Odero Terni of Livorno (Leghorn) in 1936 and all were completed in 1937. The vessels in the class were the Vincenzo Gioberti, Vittorio Alfieri, Giosué Carducci and Alfredo Oriani.

For the first time in the story of the Regia Marina these ships had names of poet, and in a non official way they were clasiffied as classe Poeti.

They were used in World War Two mainly in flleet escort duties.

Vittorio Alfieri and Giosué Carducci were lost in the night battle of Matapan on 28 March 1941, they were destroyed by the 15in guns of the English battleships. Vincenzo Gioberti was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Simoon on 9 August 1943. Alfredo Orianiwas surrendered at Malta in 1943. Then fought with the Allied Forces the rest of the war. She was laid down in 1948 and transferred to France , by the terms of peace treaty; served in the French Navy after the war as Ihe D'Estaing,
and was laid up in 1954; she was sold and scrapped in the same year.

Technical data

Displacement: Standard: 1584 t - Full Load: 2510 t
Length: 106.74 m - Width: 10,20 m
Crew: 183 men
Machinery: 2 Twin-shaft geared turbines - HP: 48,000 - x Boilers
Max speed: 38 knots - Range: 2190 nautical miles at 18 knots
4 x 120/50 guns - 2 x 120/15 Iluminanti - 8 x 20/65 AA MGs - 6 x 21" torpedo tubes - 2 x Lanciabombe laterali
- 56 Mines

Names of the class ships and hull codes

Vittorio Alfieri AF
Giosué Carducci CD
Vincenzo Gioberti GB
Alfredo Oriani OA


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