Littorio file photo [3263]


Ship ClassVittorio Veneto-class Battleship
BuilderAnsaldo Sestri Ponente, Genoa, Italy
Laid Down28 Oct 1934
Launched22 Aug 1937
Commissioned6 May 1940
Decommissioned1 Jun 1948
Displacement41,377 tons standard; 45,752 tons full
Length778 feet
Beam107 feet
Draft31 feet
MachineryEight Yarrow boilers, four Belluzzo steam turbines, four propellers
BunkerageOil 4,000t
Power Output134,000 shaft horsepower
Speed30 knots
Range4500nm at 18kts
Armament3×3 381mm, 4×3 155mm, 12x90mm AA, 20x37mm AA, 30x20mm AA
Armor350mm side, 100mm deck, 350mm turret


ww2dbaseLittorio fought in the Mediterranean Sea in WW2, heavily involved in the campaign where both sides of the conflict contested for the same region that was critical for the Axis supply line to North Africa and the Allied supply lines to Malta. She was damaged by British torpedo bombers during the famous raid on Taranto in Nov 1940. With the fall of Benito Mussolini's government, Littorio was renamed Italia on 30 Jul 1943 and was surrendered to the Allies on 9 Sep. She was taken by the Allies to the Great Bitter Lake in Egypt where she was kept until the end of the war. She was scrapped in 1948.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2007

Littorio Operational Timeline

6 May 1940 Littorio was commissioned into service.
1 Jun 1948 Littorio was decommissioned from service.


Littorio underway, circa Jul 1940Littorio underway, Nov 1939Littorio firing her primary weapons during gunnery practice, summer 1940Littorio in camouflage, Taranto, summer 1942

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