Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro-class destroyer
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|Name:||Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro class|
|Preceded by:||Soldati class|
|Succeeded by:||Impetuoso class|
|Length:||120.7 m (396 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||12.30 m (40 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||3.6 m (11 ft 10 in)|
|Speed:||35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)|
|Range:||2,200 nmi (4,100 km) at 20 kn (23 mph; 37 km/h)|
The ships were to be significantly larger than the previous Italian destroyers, such as the Soldati class. The armament was increased to four single 135 mm guns (similar to those used in the Capitani Romani-class cruisers) in dual purpose mountings. Twelve 37 mm (1.5 in)/54 guns comprised the light AA armament and two fire control directors were to be fitted (with Gufo radar).
The ships were named after recipients of the Gold Medal of Military Valor. A total of 20 ships were ordered in 1941 from four shipyards; six from OTO Livorno, eight from CRDA Trieste, two from CNR Ancona and four from CT Riva Trigoso. Only nine ships were laid down and the hulls were broken up by the Germans or destroyed by Allied bombing.