Italian cruiser Luigi Cadorna

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Career
Name: Luigi Cadorna
Ordered: 29 October 1929
Laid down: 19 September 1930
Launched: 30 September 1931
Commissioned: 11 August 1933
Struck: May 1951
Fate: Scrapped, 1951
General characteristics
Class & type: Condottieri-class cruiser
Displacement: 5,323 t (5,239 long tons) standard
7,113 t (7,001 long tons) full load
Length: 169.3 m (555 ft 5 in)
Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
Draught: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 Parsons geared turbines
6 Yarrow boilers
95,000 hp (70,841 kW)
Speed: 37 knots (43 mph; 69 km/h)
Range: 2,930 nmi (5,430 km) at 16 kn (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Complement: 507
Armament: • 8 × 152 mm (6.0 in)/53 cal. guns (4×2)
• 6 × 100 mm (3.9 in)/47 cal. guns (3×2)
• 2 × 37 mm guns (2×1)
• 8 × 13.2 mm guns (4×2)
• 4 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
Armour: Deck: 20 mm (0.79 in)
Main belt: 24 mm (0.94 in)
Turrets: 23 mm (0.91 in)
Aircraft carried: 2 aircraft
Aviation facilities: 1 catapult

Luigi Cadorna was an Italian Condottieri-class light cruiser, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was launched on 30 September 1931. This ship was named after Italian Field Marshal Luigi Cadorna who was commander in Chief of the Italian Army during World War I.

During her early service she did operations in the Spanish Civil War. In April 1939 she participated in the occupation of Albania.

When World War II broke out she was a part of the 4th Cruiser Division and started laying mines on 9 June 1940 near the island of Lampedusa. A month later she was present in the battle of Calabria where she avoided a submarine torpedo attack, engaged enemy aircraft and rendering assistance to her sister ship, which had boiler problems.

However, due to her relatively weak design and light armor, she went into reserve from 12 February 1941. But when supplying of the Axis army in North Africa became more important, she entered the service again and provided distant cover for the convoys headed towards North Africa. Occasionally she sortied with the fleet to intercept British convoys to Malta. In the period of November/December 1941 she was also used as a transport, transporting fuel and munition to Libya

From January 1942 she was transferred to Pola, where she was employed in a training role. After a short refit in May/June 1943, she joined the 8th Cruiser Division on 14 June.

Between 24–30 June she transported troops to Albania, and on 3 July she was transferred to Taranto, from whence, in August, she made five minelaying sorties to lay defensive fields in the Gulf of Taranto.

At the armistice on 8 September 1943 she was at Taranto, but she sailed to Malta on the 9th to surrender together with the Fleet. She remained there until transferred to Alexandria on 14 September. After a brief stay she returned to Taranto in October. As the remainder of the war she was used as a transport ship for the Allies as for the repatriation of Italian troops.

After the Peace Treaty on 10 February 1947, she was one of the few ships to remain in the Italian Navy. Because of her age and condition she was only used as a training ship until stricken in May 1951.