fighting ships of the world



VITTORIO VENETO helicopter cruiser (1969)

Vittorio Veneto 1975

Vittorio Veneto 1990

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Vittorio Veneto C550 Navalmeccanica, Castellammare di Stabia 10/6/1965 5/2/1967 12/7/1969 stricken 6/2006


Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

170.6 pp 179.6 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



Tosi geared steam turbines, 4 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

oil 1200

Endurance, nm(kts) 5000(17)


1 x 2 Terrier/ASROC SAM/ASuM (40 RIM-2, 20 RUR-5), 8 x 1 - 76/62 MMK, 2 x 3 - 324 TT, 9 helicopters (9 AB-212 or 6 SH-3D Sea King)

Sensors SPS-40, SPS-52, SPQ-2B, 2x SPG-55B, 4x RTN-10X radars, SQS-23 sonar, SADOC-1 CCS



Ship project history: The larger cruiser was built instead of a third Andrea Doria. On the enlarged hull, the hangar could be worked in below the flight deck aft instead of forward of it. The enlarged flight deck (40.0x18.5m) can accommodate 6 SH-3D or nine AB-212 helicopters, compared to four AB-212 on an Andrea Doria. The deeper hull forward accommodates a third missile drum below the usual pair; the Mod 7 version of the Mk 10 launcher in the ship (Aster) fires both the Terrier anti-aircraft weapon and the ASROC ASW misile (Vittorio Veneto was the only ASROC-firing ship in the Italian Navy).

    A projected second ship would have been named Italia. When she dropped out of the long-range programme, a larger missile cruiser/carrier, Trieste, was projected, but she, too, was cancelled. Ultimately the Italian Navy chose to separate the carrier and area air defence roles, building a light carrier.

Modernizations: (1981-1984): - 1 x 2 Terrier/ASROC SAM/ASuM, SPS-40 radar; + 4 x 1 Otomat Mk 2 SSM (4 Otomat Mk 2), 1 x 2 Standard SM-1ER/ASROC SAM/ASuM (40 RIM-67A, 20 RUR-5), 3 x 2 - 40/70 Breda Compact, RAN-3L (SPS-768), 2x RTN-20X (SPG-74) radars

Naval service: No significant events.

Vittorio Veneto 1973

Vittorio Veneto 1985

Ivan Gogin, 2015