Impetuoso-class destroyer

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Class overview
Name: Impetuoso class
Operators:  Marina Militare
Preceded by:
Succeeded by: Impavido class
In service: 1957
In commission: 1956–1983
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 2,775 tons standard
  • 3,810 tons full load
Length: 127.6 m (419 ft)
Beam: 13.2 m (43 ft)
Draught: 4.5 m (15 ft)
  • 2 shaft geared turbines
  • 4 Foster Wheeler boilers providing 65,000 hp
Speed: 34 kn (63 km/h; 39 mph)
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 315

The Impetuoso class were the first post-World War II destroyers built for the Italian Navy. The hull design was based on the uncompleted Comandante-class destroyers but American equipment (guns, radar, machinery) was used. A scheme to install guided missiles during a modernisation programme was proposed but not carried out. The two ships were ordered in 1952, entered service in 1957 and were retired in the early 1980s.


Name Pennant
Builder Commissioned Fate
Impetuoso D 558 CNR Riva Trigoso 25 January 1958 Decommissioned 1983
Indomito D 559 Ansaldo, Livorno 23 February 1958 Decommissioned 1980