Generali-class destroyer

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Generale Antonio Cantore photographed in 1941 in Kotor following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia.
Class overview
Name: Generali class
Builders: Cantieri Odero
Operators:
Preceded by: Rosolino Pilo class
Succeeded by: Curatone class
Planned: 5
Completed: 5
Lost: 5
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement:
  • 832 tons (normal)
  • 890 tons (full load)
Length: 73.2 m (240 ft 2 in)
Beam: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)
Draught: 3 m (9 ft 10 in)
Installed power: 16,000 hp (12,000 kW)
Propulsion: 4 boilers and 2 turbines, 2 axes
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)
Complement: 105
Armament:

The Generali-class destroyer was a class of Italian destroyers, built as a development of the Rosolino Pilo-class destroyer. They were the last ships of the Regia Marina (Italian Navy), fitted with three stacks. In 1929, being obsolete, units were reclassified as torpedo-boats, and in this role served during Second World War.

Origins[edit]

The class was built between 1921 and 1924, ordered from Cantieri Odero, Sestri Ponente. The ships were able to reach 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) of top speed, an improvement respect the previous class Rosolino Pilo. Their displacement was 832 tons (normal) and 890 tons (full load). Their armament initially was composed of three 102-millimetre (4 in)/45 calibre guns (an Italian version of the QF 4 inch Mk V) and two 76 mm (3.0 in) L30 guns, and four 450 mm (18 in) torpedo launchers. In 1936 ships were enabled with minesweeping equipment, and the 76 mm guns were replaced by twin cannons Breda Model 35.[1]

Generale Marcello Prestinari - 1923

Units[edit]

The class was known also by name of his first unit, Generale Antonio Cantore. All other ships were dedicated to Italian generals. None of them survived the war.

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