|Builders:||Cantieri Navali Riuniti (CNR)|
|Preceded by:||Bergamini class|
|Succeeded by:||Lupo class|
|In commission:||1968 -97|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||113.30 m (371 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||13.10 m (43 ft 0 in)|
|Draught:||3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)|
|Range:||3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) (diesels)|
|SLQ-D ECM system|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × AB-204 or AB-212ASW helicopters|
|Aviation facilities:||Telescopic hangar for 2 medium helicopters.|
The design was originally conceived as an enlarged version of the Canopo-class frigates. The design was however changed radically with a CODOG machinery suite comprising gas turbines and diesels. These ships introduced the use of ship-based helicopters and variable depth sonar into the Italian Navy.
The ships underwent significant modernisation in the 1980s with the fitting of new sonar and electronic warfare equipment.
Initially four ships were planned to be ordered in 1959 to 1961. These ships were to be named Circe, Climene, Perseo and Polluce in honour of the World War II-era Spica-class torpedo boats of those names. These ships were postponed while the designs were updated and two ships were ordered in 1962. Both vessels were built by CNR in Riva Trigoso and named after types of soldiers and specifically after two World War II Soldati-class destroyers.
|Ship||Pennant Number||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Decommissioned|
|Alpino||F580||27 February 1963||10 June 1967||14 January 1968||31 March 2006|
|Carabiniere||F581||9 January 1965||30 September 1967||28 April 1968||19 November 2008|
The ships were used as auxiliary vessels from the mid-1990s. Carabiniere was used as a trials ship for new missiles (PAAMS) and radar.
- Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p. 210.
- Blackman 1971, p. 187.
- Moore 1985, p. 273.
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- Gardiner, Roger and Stephen Chumbley. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA, 1995. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
- Moore, John. Jane's Fighting Ships 1985–86. London: Jane's Yearbooks, 1985. ISBN 0-7106-0814-4.