Italian cruiser Armando Diaz
Armando Diaz was a light cruiser of the Condottieri class and the sister-ship of the Luigi Cadorna. She served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was built by OTO, La Spezia, and named after Armando Diaz, an Italian Field Marshal of World War I.
|Ordered:||29 October 1929|
|Builder:||Odero Terni Orlando, La Spezia|
|Laid down:||28 July 1930|
|Launched:||10 July 1932|
|Commissioned:||29 April 1933|
|Fate:||Sunk by HMS Upright, 25 February 1941|
|Class and type:||Condottieri-class cruiser|
|Length:||169.3 m (555 ft 5 in)|
|Beam:||15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)|
|Draught:||5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)|
|Speed:||36.5 knots (42.0 mph; 67.6 km/h)|
|Range:||3,088 nmi (5,719 km) at 16 kn (18 mph; 30 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 aircraft|
|Aviation facilities:||1 catapult|
She was launched on 29 April 1933 and served in the Mediterranean after her completion. From 1 September 1934 until February 1935 she made a cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
In July 1940, she was present at the Battle of Calabria, also called the battle of Punta Stilo. In October she took part in a mission to Albania, and in December she came under direct orders of Supermarina (Naval Headquarters) for special duties in connection with the protection of traffic to Albania from January 1941. However, the following month an important supply convoy to Tripoli required her use for cover, in company with the light cruiser Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and some destroyers.
In the course of this operation the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Upright off the island of Kerkennah in the early hours of 25 February. It took the Italian cruiser only six minutes to sink after her magazine blew up, with the loss of 484 men.
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