Andrea Doria-class Helicopter Cruiser

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The RM Andrea Doria (C553) missile cruiser Andrea Doria (553) seen while launching an RIM-2 Terrier during an exercise off Sardinia in 1985.

The Andrea Doria-class of helicopter cruisers of the Marina Militare. They were Italy's first major new designs of the post–World War II era.

The class consisted of two vessels, Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio, both commissioned in 1964 and in service into the late 1980s. A third, Enrico Dandolo (C555), was cancelled.. The Andrea Doria-class formed the basis for the larger Vittorio Veneto-class cruiser, which replaced the Andrea Dorias' superstructure hangar with a hangar in the hull.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Helicopter Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1964-1993
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 490 feet (149.35 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet (17.34 meters)
    • Draught: 16 feet 4.8 inches (5 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,600 tons (Standard); 7,280 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 485
  • Propulsion: 4 x Foster Wheeler boilers, 2 x shaft geared turbines, 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 x Mk.10 Single Arm Missile Launcher (fires 40 RIM-2 Terrier SAMs)
    • 8 x OTO Melara 76mm/62-caliber Allargato or 76mm/62-caliber Compact naval guns
    • 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft Carried: 4 x helicopters

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • ITS Andrea Doria (C553)
  • ITS Caio Duilio (C554)
  • ITS Enrico Dandolo (C555) - cancelled