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Monday, 17 July 2017

Italian battleship Roma to be launched on short notice according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf dated 9 May 1940

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An item dated Rome, Italy 8th reported that the 4th Italian battleship, the Roma (1), was to be launched at Genoa, Italy on short notice. Italian experts claimed she was the most sophisticated of the Italian battleships. Recently were the Littoral (2)and the Vittori Veneto (3) commissioned and all efforts were done to complete the in November 1939 launched Impero.(4)

Notes
1. Of the Littorio-class, building ordered in 1937, laid down by Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico on 18 September 1938m launched on 9 June 1940, commissioned on 14 June 1942 and sunk during a German air attack in the Strait of Bonifacio while bound for Malta to surrender on 9 September 1943.
2. Of the Littorio-class, launched at Ansaldo, Genoa-Sestri Ponente, Italy on 28 October 1934, launched on 22 August 1937, completed on 6 May 1940 and finally broken up at La Spezia, Italy between 1952-1954.
3. Of the Littorio-class, laid down by Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico on 28 October 1934, launched on 25 July 1937, completed on 15 May 1940 and finally broken up at La Spezia, Italy between 1951-1954.
4. Of the Littorio-class, laid down at Ansaldo, Genoa-Sestri Ponente, Italy on 14 May 1938, launched on 15 November 1939, never completed and broken up at venice, Italy between 1948-1950.