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Statistics of Zara class

Dates of service: construction started in 1929 (Gorizia: 1930, Pola: 1931), launched in 1930 (Pola: 1931), first commissioned in 1931 (Pola: 1932), uncommissioned 1946 (Gorizia: 1947). They were sunk in 1941 (Gorizia: 1943)

Shipyards: Zara: O.T.O. - La Spezia; Fiume: Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino - Trieste; Gorizia and Pola: O.T.O. - Livorno

Zara model

Dimensions: Length 182.8 m Width 20.6 m Draught 7.2 m
Displacement: Zara: Standard 11870 ton. - Normal load 13580 ton. - Full load 14530 ton.; Fiume: Standard 11508 ton. - Normal load 13260 ton. - Full load 14168 ton.; Gorizia: Standard 11900 ton. - Normal load 13660 ton. - Full load 14560 ton.; Pola: Standard 11730 ton. - Normal load 13531 ton. - Full load 14360 ton.
Speed max: 33 knots (32 Fiume and Pola)
Autonomy: 5361 miles at 16 knots - 3390 miles at 25 knots - 1958 miles at 31 knots
HP: 95000
Armament: 8 - 203/53 mm, 12 - 100/47 mm, 8 - 37/54 mm, 8 - 13.2 mm, 2 aircraft
Armor: vertical 150 mm, horizontal 70 mm, main turrets 150 mm, command turret 150 mm
Crew: 31 Officials - 810 petty officers and commons

Historical news on the Zara It was launched the 27 April 1930 in the shipyards Odero Terni Orlando di Muggiano - La Spezia (in the same day at Trieste was launched also the Fiume). The Zara was an evolution of the cruiser class "Washington "; in particular was important the equilibrium caught up between protection, armament and speed. With the Fiume and the Pola it constituted the new heavy cruisers 1st Division. In 1936, during the Spanish civil war, these warships were engaged in tasks of traffic protection. At the beginning of W.W.II, 1st Division, which was now composed by the cruisers Zara, Fiume and Gorizia, participated to the first more important battles of the Mediterranean sea, alternated to supply convoys missions and search of the enemy. The Zara was sunk during the tragic defeat of Matapan, the night of 28 March 1941.


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