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Gorizia (right) in Trieste habour
Gorizia (right) in Trieste habour
Career Kingdom of Italy
Name: Gorizia
Laid down: 1930
Launched: 1930
Commissioned: 1931
Fate: Damaged, 1943, then scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Zara-class cruiser
Displacement: 11,870 t (11,683 long tons) standard
14,530 t (14,301 long tons) full load
Length: 182.8 m (599 ft 9 in)
Beam: 20.6 m (67 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 8 three-drum Thornycroft boilers
2 Parsons turbines
95,000 hp (71 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 5,361 nmi (9,929 km) at 16 kn (18 mph; 30 km/h)
Complement: 841
Armament: • 8 × 203 mm (8.0 in)/53 cal. guns
• 16 × 100 mm (3.9 in)/47 cal. guns
• 6 × 40 mm/49 cal. guns
• 8 × 13.2 mm guns
Armour: Maximum 70 mm (2.8 in) vertical, 150 mm (5.9 in) horizontal
Aircraft carried: 2

Gorizia was an Italian Zara class heavy cruiser, which served in the Regia Marina during World War II. The ship was named after the city of Gorizia.

Gorizia participated to World War II as a member of 1st Division, 1st Squadron. It took part in the Battle of Punta Stilo, the Battle of Cape Teulada, and the First and Second Battle of Sirte, where her guns hit two destroyers, HMS Kipling and HMS Sikh, inflicting minor damage. Among her other missions, there were escorts to Italian and German convoys, for a total of 20 missions.

Gorizia was damaged by a bombing at La Maddalena naval base, and moved to La Spezia for repairs on 10 April 1943. It was still there on 8 September, when the armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed.

References

  • "Gorizia", from Marina Militare official web site.
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