IT Audace class

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Guided-Missile Destroyer


Guided-Missile Destroyer Audace class

Italian third generation air defence destroyers. During the 1988/89 mid-life refit they underwent extensive modernisations including the replacement of their second 127mm gun turret with a 8-cell SAM Albatros launcher.

Derivatives / Succeeded by
1993 IT Durand de la Penne class


4554full load (tn)
140.70length (m)
14.70beam (m)
4.50draught (m)
4000range (nm)
33max speed (knots)
73000power (shp)

4Naval Engine boilers
2Naval Engine steam turbines

1Missile Launcher 8-cell Albatros
1Missile Launcher Mk 13
8Missile Launcher OTOMAT Mk2 SSM launcher

4Naval Gun Oto Melara 76 mm
1Naval Gun Otobreda 127 mm
2Torpedo Launchers Mk 32 triple-tube 324mm

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19722006ITItalian NavyD 550ArditoIARD
19722006ITItalian NavyD 551AudaceIARU
1993--ITItalian NavyD 560Durand de la Penne class Luigi Durand de la Penne IADP - D560
1993--ITItalian NavyD 561Durand de la Penne class Francesco Mimbelli IAFM - D561

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1968-apr-17Laid downLaid down IT D 551 Audace
1968-jul-19Laid downLaid down IT D 550 Ardito
1971-oct-02LaunchedLaunched IT D 551 Audace
1971-nov-27LaunchedLaunched IT D 550 Ardito
1972-nov-16CommissionedCommissioned IT D 551 Audace
1972-dec-05CommissionedCommissioned IT D 550 Ardito
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment IT D 550 Ardito Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Ryde Sand
2006-sep-28DecommissionedDecommissioned IT D 551 Audace
2006-dec-28DecommissionedDecommissioned IT D 550 Ardito

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