Italian Order of Battle at Matapan

 

 

Italian Naval Forces at the Battle of Cape Matapan 27th-29th March 1941


Italian Naval Ensign.

 


Italian Battle Ship at Sea

 

 

Battleships

Vittorio Veneto - 35,000 tons, 30.5 knots, nine 15-inch, twelve 6-inch guns.
Flagship of Commander-inChief, Admiral A. Lachino.

 

Cruisers

3rd Division

 

Trieste - 10,500 tons, 35 knots, eight 8-inch, twelve 3.9-in AA, eight 37mm AA guns, eight 21-inch Torpedo Tubes. Flagship of Vice-Admiral L.Sansonetti. as above
 

Tronto - 10,500 tons, as above
 

Bolzano - 10,500 tons, as above

 

1st Division

 

Zara - 11,500 tons, 32 knots, eight 8-inch, twelve 3.9-inch AA, eight 37mm AA guns. Flagship of Vice-Admiral C.Cattaneo.

 


Italian Cruiser 'ZARA'

 


Fiume Firing 8" Guns

 

SUNK. Badly damaged by gunfire from the British battleships HMS Warspite, Valiant and Barham. Sunk later by RN Destroyer.

Fiume - 11,500 tons, performance and armament generally as Zara. Captain G.Giogis.

 

SUNK. Hit by gunfire from the British battleships, sank in around 30 minutes.

Pola - 11,500 tons, performance and armament generally as Zara. Captain M.de Pisa.

 

SUNK. Brought to a stop early in the battle by a torpedo hit from an aircraft from HMS Formidable. Sunk by gunfire later from HMS Jervis and Nubian.

 

8th Division

 

Abruzzi - 7,874 tons, 35 knots, ten 6-inch guns. Flagship of Vice-Admiral A.Legnani.
 

Garibaldi - 7,874 tons, 35 knots, ten 6-inch guns.

 


Italian Submarine - Torelli

Destroyers

 

6th Destroyer Flotilla

 

De Recco - 1,628 tons, 39 knots, six 4.7-inch guns.
 

Passagno - 1,628 tons, 39 knots, six 4.7-inch guns.

 

9th Destroyer Flotilla

 

Vincenzo Gioberti - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns.
 

Vittorio Alfieri - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns. SUNK*
 

Oriani - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns.
 

Giosue Carducci - 1,568 tons, 39 knots, four 4.7-inch guns. SUNK*

 

*By gunfire from HMAS Stuart, HMS Greyhound and HMS Havock.

 


Vittorio Veneto At Anchor

 

10th Destroyer Flotilla

 

Maestrale - 1,640 tons, 32 knots, four 4.7-inch guns, six 21-inch torpedo tubes.
 

Libeccio - 1,640 tons, performance and armament generally as Maestrale.
 

Scirocco - 1,640 tons, as above
 

Gragale - 1,640 tons, as above

 

12th Destroyer Flotilla

 

Corazziere - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
 

Carabiniere - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
 

Ascari - 1,710 tons, 32 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.

 

13th Destroyer Flotilla

 

Granatiere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
 

Fuciliere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
 

Bersagliere - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.
 

Alpino - 1,620 tons, 39 knots, five 4.7-inch guns.