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
IT Durand de la Penne class 1993


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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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IT Italian Navy Agusta AB212 22

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IT Castellammare di Stabia - Castellammare di Stabia1
IT Fincantieri Riva Trigoso - Sestri Levante1

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ITItalian NavyD 550ArditoIARD19722006
ITItalian NavyD 551AudaceIARU19722006
ITItalian NavyD 560Durand de la Penne class Luigi Durand de la PenneIADP - D5601993--
ITItalian NavyD 561Durand de la Penne class Francesco MimbelliIAFM - D5611993--

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1968-apr-17Laid downIT D 551 Audace
1968-jul-19Laid downIT D 550 Ardito
1971-oct-2LaunchedIT D 551 Audace
1971-nov-27LaunchedIT D 550 Ardito
1972-nov-16CommissionedIT D 551 Audace
1972-dec-5CommissionedIT D 550 Ardito
1977-jun-25DeploymentIT D 550 Ardito Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Ryde Sand
2006-sep-28DecommissionedIT D 551 Audace
2006-dec-28DecommissionedIT D 550 Ardito

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