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Conte di Cavour

Ship ClassConte di Cavour-class Battleship
Laid Down1 Jan 1910
Launched1 Jan 1911
Commissioned1 Jan 1915
Decommissioned18 May 1928
Sunk12 Nov 1940
Displacement28,800 tons standard; 29,100 tons full
Length611 feet
Beam92 feet
Draft34 feet
Machinery8 boilers, 2 shafts
Power Output93,000 shaft horsepower
Speed28 knots
Range3,100nm at 20 knots
Armament10x320mm, 12x120mm, 8x100mm, 8x37mm, 12x20mm
Armormax 280mm vertical, 135mm horizontal
Recommission1 Jun 1937


ww2dbaseConte di Cavour was the lead ship of her class of WW1-era battleships. On 24 May 1915, she became the flagship of Rear Admiral Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, but she had no active missions during the war. After WW2, she became part of the Italian foreign image, cruising in North America, carrying King Vittorio Emannuelle III on a visit to the Adriatic, and carrying Benito Mussolini on a visit to Tripoli. On 12 May 1928, she was decommissioned from service. Between 1933 and 1937, she was reconstructed at Trieste. She returned to service in 1937. In WW2, she participated in the Battle of Calabria and was sunk by British torpedo bombers during the famed raid at Taranto. An attempt was made at the end of 1941 to raise and repair her, but it never completed before Italy surrendered in 1943. She was briefly under German control after the surrender, but again was not returned to active service. She was scrapped on 27 Feb 1947.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2007


Conte di Cavour as originally constructed, circa 1915-1920Conte di Cavour after her 1933-1937 reconstructionConte di Cavour sinking in Taranto harbor, 12 Nov 1940

Conte di Cavour Operational Timeline

1 Jan 1915 Conte di Cavour was commissioned into service.
18 May 1928 Conte di Cavour was decommissioned from service.

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14 Apr 2023 08:00:30 AM

Is there any information on any casualties received during the attack in Taranto?

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