Trieste file photo [5329]


Ship ClassTrento-class Heavy Cruiser
Launched1 Jan 1926
Commissioned1 Jan 1928
Sunk10 Apr 1943
Displacement13,110 tons standard; 13,545 tons full
Length646 feet
Beam67 feet
Draft22 feet
Machinery12 boilers, 4 Parsons turbines
Power Output130,000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range4,160nm at 16 knots
Armament8x203mm, 16x100mm, 8x40mm, 8x12.7mm, 8x533mm torpedo tubes
Armor100mm turrets, 70mm vertical, 50mm horizontal
Aircraft3 reconnaissance aircraft


ww2dbaseIn 1934, Trieste joined the Italian Navy Third Naval Division as the flagship. During the Spanish Civil War, she escorted Italian ships in the Mediterranean Sea with her sister ships. In 1940, she participated in the Battle of Cape Spartivento. On 21 Nov 1941, she was hit by a torpedo launched by British submarine Utmost, which brought her out of commission under repair until mid-1942. On 10 Apr 1943, while in port at La Maddalena on the island of Sardinia, Italy, she was attacked by B-24 bombers operated by the United States Army Air Forces; she sank after being wrecked by multiple bomb hits. After the war, she was sold to Spain where she was originally intended to be repaired and converted to a light aircraft carrier, but the project was eventually scrapped.

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Last Major Revision: Nov 2007

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1 Jan 1928 Trieste was commissioned into service.
21 Nov 1941 British submarine HMS Utmost attacked and damaged Italian cruiser Trieste 10 miles east of Catania, Sicily, Italy at 2312 hours.


Cruiser Trieste in camouflage, circa 1930sAmerican bombs falling on the Italian cruiser Trieste, near Altura, Sardinia, Italy, 10 Apr 1943

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1. Anonymous says:
8 Feb 2011 06:21:53 PM

The Trieste was sunk by a single bomb from a B-17 that went right down the stack. I know because my father was the bombadier who dropped it
2. Anonymous says:
20 Aug 2017 04:46:02 AM

I concur, Capt. Lee Maxwell piloting a B-17, flew in the mission to get the Trieste. The mission was flown on Apr. 10th 1943. This was a secondary target as the first was covered by WX. Lee said the British Navy sent a case of Scotch over to their base after the sinking!

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