Impero file photo [10108]


Ship ClassVittorio Veneto-class Battleship
BuilderGio. Ansaldo & C., Genoa, Italy
Laid Down14 May 1938
Launched15 Nov 1939
Sunk20 Feb 1945
Displacement41,377 tons standard; 46,215 tons full
Length778 feet
Beam107 feet
Draft31 feet
MachineryEight Yarrow boilers, four Belluzzo steam turbines
Power Output134,000 shaft horsepower
Speed30 knots
Range4500nm at 18kts
Armament3x3x15in guns, 4x3x6in guns, 4x4.7in guns, 12x3.5in guns, 20x37mm guns, 16x20mm guns
Armor13.8in belt, 13.8in barbettes, 8.1in deck
Aircraft2 Reggiane Re2000 on 1 catapult


ww2dbaseImpero was laid down as the fourth Vittorio Veneto-class battleship of the Italian Navy. Although launched at the end of 1939, her fitting out was not completed by the time Italy surrendered to the Allies. German troops captured her as Italy switched sides, and she was sunk by Allied aircraft in early 1945. Her wreck was raised in 1947 and she was scrapped in Venice, Italy between 1948 and 1950.

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Last Major Revision: May 2010


Italian battleship Impero being preparing for launching, Genoa, Italy, 15 Nov 1939The Launching of Italian battleship Impero, Genoa, Italy, 15 Nov 1939Close-up view of the bow of Italian battleship Impero, 1938-1940The recovered hull of Impero moored off Venice, Italy, awaiting scrapping, summer 1948

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