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Tuesday, February 24th 2004, 5:56pm

Rome Revue Q2/22

7 April This month saw the laying down of 6 new powerful destroyers for our glorious navy. These wonderful ships feature the state of the art quadruple 4” turret, and their speed is only exceeded by the preceeding Palestro Class. Fast and heavily armed with a spread of torpedoes and guns these ships can take the fight to the enemy and survive. Their armoured conning position ensures that they will keep on going and going with strong leadership from our highly trained officers.

10 April Funds were appropriated this month for the construction of the Ulysses Class of 3 ships. These fine ships will easily outgun any existing dreadnought cruiser, and out armour any as well. In fact their deck armour is vastly superior to most battleships!

30 May The construction of Cristotforto Columbo, Francesco Morosini and Sicilia has preceeded quickly this month with Columbo nearly completed at Messina dockyards.

2 June Completed this month were the destroyer leaders Varese and Vercelli, which were built at Genoa and Taranto respectively. These ships are fast, long ranged and powerfully armoured. Perfect for service in our overseas territory of Italian East Africa, where they will be headed after their 6 months of trials in the Tyrrenian sea.

15 June Onlookers at Venice were amazed by the departure of the 4 ships of the Regina Elena class today. The procession of 4 slowly steamed off towards Port Said and eventually Mogadishu. Regina Elena was refitted last year and is an exceptionally powerful cruiser with an unprecedented amount of firepower that can be brought to bear, a full 10 8” guns can fire forwards! Regina Elena goes to Mogadishu to become the squadron flagship there. The remaining 3 ships, without guns and only half their boilers are to become an artificial breakwater in Mogadishu to help with the construction of the port there.


Tuesday, February 24th 2004, 5:58pm

Italian Naval Expenditure F/y 1922

6 Generale Antonio Cantore class destroyers laid down in April. Cost £574,000 each for a total cost of £3,444,000.

Funds appropriated for the Ulysses Class (3) ships. Cost £2,303,000 each for a total cost of £6,909,000.

Amount for shipbuilding uses; £10,353,000
personnel costs; £15,550,400
maintenance; £1,200,000

Total Naval Expenditure; £27,103,400

Italian Aeronautical Expenditure

50 AII-F1 aircraft ordered from Aeronautica Independante Italiano, to be delivered in 1923.
Cost £6,000 each for a total of £300,000.

50 AII-T1 aircraft ordered from Aeronautica Independante Italiano to be delivered to both Italy and for export to Iberia. Cost £4,000 each for a total of £200,000. All to be initially delivered to Italy, pending news of the size of the Iberian order.

Amount for new aircraft; £500,000
personnel costs; £1,000,000
maintenance; £200,000
new airfields and improved infrastructure; £5,000,000

Total aeronautical expenditure; £6,700,000

Italian Army Expenditure

Amount for personnel costs; £5,000,000
Maintenance; £500,000

Total Army expenditure; £5,500,000


Tuesday, February 24th 2004, 6:00pm

Costs for everything save ships and aircraft are ficticious, and yes i do have a small army.


Tuesday, February 24th 2004, 10:07pm

My only consern is the Quad 4" turret in 1922. Historically the british didn't develope a twin till the Tribals in 36. Other than that your news is very interesting.


Tuesday, February 24th 2004, 10:37pm

Ah, but they were using triples (with little to no success) at this time period on some of their capital ships.

Frankly, I'm more interested in this Ulysses class. Who does SPEARFISH have to bribe/blackmail/bludgeon to get a copy of the plans?



Wednesday, February 25th 2004, 6:55am

any other dreadnought cruiser? looks at *Santa Marias and El Cid and smiles*


Wednesday, February 25th 2004, 2:39pm

The Quad turrets are a purchase from Iberia.

SPEARFISH? Indian naval intelligence? Bribery would be helpful..

Damn those overgrown Iberian cruisers ;)


Wednesday, February 25th 2004, 3:20pm

SPEARFISH would be the joint South Africa-Indian "Special Agency Responsible For Intelligence Sharing". Since it's early in the fiscal year, I'm sure the bribery budget is fairly full.

Those Iberians and their quads. Soon they'll be working on a quint...


Thursday, February 26th 2004, 2:03am

The best way to take down an overgrown cruiser is to use the ultamate overgrown cruiser (IE a Battlecruiser).
As long as Regina Elena stay's on the other side of Africa its SAINT's problem to deal with!


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Friday, February 27th 2004, 10:56pm


Originally posted by thesmilingassassin
As long as Regina Elena stay's on the other side of Africa its SAINT's problem to deal with!

har har....

Guess why SPEARFISH is so interested in getting those plans...

Heck, 10x8" firing forward! Odd world this Wesworld...