Italian cruiser Alberico da Barbiano

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Career (Italy)
Name: Alberico da Barbiano
Namesake: Alberico da Barbiano
Laid down: 16 April 1928
Launched: 23 August 1930
Commissioned: 9 June 1931
Fate: Sunk at the Battle of Cape Bon, 13 December 1941
General characteristics
Type: Di Giussano-class cruiser
Displacement: 6,571 tonnes (6,467 long tons) (standard)
6,954 tonnes (6,844 long tons) (full load)
Length: 169.3 m (555 ft 5 in)
Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 6 boilers
2 shafts
95,000 hp
Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)
Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 507
Armament: 8 × 152 mm (6 in)/53 guns in 4 twin mountings
6 × 100 mm (3.9 in)/47 guns in 3 twin mountings
8 × 37 mm/53 machine-guns
8 × 13.2 mm machine-guns
4 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
Armor: Decks: 20 mm (0.79 in)
Belt: 24 mm (0.94 in)
Turrets: 23 mm (0.91 in)
Tower: 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aircraft carried: 2 × CANT 25AR (later Ro.43) seaplanes
Aviation facilities: 1 × catapult launcher

Alberico da Barbiano was an Italian Condottieri class light cruiser, that served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was named after Alberico da Barbiano, an Italian condottiero of the 14th century.

Launch and Sea Trials[edit]

Da Barbiano was launched on 23 August 1930. During her trials she managed to reach a speed of 42.05 knots (77.88 km/h), but to do that the propulsion was pushed to 123,479 hp, far beyond the safety limits. She could only maintain this speed for about 30 minutes.

Service history[edit]

On July 9, 1940 she was present at the Battle of Calabria (Punto Stilo). Because of the weakness of the class on September 1 she was assigned as a training ship but on March 1, 1941 was placed in active service. On 12 December 1941 she left port together with her sister ship Alberto di Giussano . Both she and her sister were being used for an emergency convoy to carry gasoline for the German and Italian mobile formations fighting with Rommel's Afrika Korps. Jerry cans and other metal containers filled with gasoline were loaded onto both cruisers and were placed on the ships' open decks. The thinking behind using these two cruisers for such a dangerous mission was that their speed would act as a protection. Nonetheless, the ships were intercepted by Allied destroyers guided by radar and sunk on 13 December 1941, in the Battle of Cape Bon.

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