Italian cruiser Eugenio di Savoia


Italian cruiser Eugenio di Savoia

"Eugenio di Savoia" was a Condottieri class light cruiser, which served in the "Regia Marina" during World War II. She survived the war but was given as a war reparation to the Hellenic Navy in 1947. She was renamed "Elli" and served until 1964.

Design

"Eugenio di Savoia" was part of the fourth group of "Condottieri" light cruisers, also known as "Duca d'Aosta" class. The design of the "Duca d'Aosta" class was based on the "Montecuccoli" class, with a slight increase in size and a significant increase in armour. The machinery was also re-arranged.

"Eugenio di Savoia" was built by Ansaldo, Genoa, and named after Prince Eugene of Savoy. It is ironic that both "Eugenio di Savoia" and her Kriegsmarine namesake Prinz Eugen honour a General who was such a staunch ally of the British in an earlier era.

Career

The ship joined the 7th cruiser division and went on a circumnavigation of the globe with her sister ship in 1938-39. Returning to La Spezia in March 1939. During the war she fought in the following actions;
* Battle of Punta Stilo
* Operation Harpoon (1942)
* Operation Pedestal

After the armistice in 1943, she was used as a training ship in Suez. She was transferred to Greece in 1949 as part of the Peace treaty. She was renamed "Elli" ("Έλλη") and served until 1965.

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