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Nino Bixio-class Scout Cruisers


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  1. 1. Would you like to see the Nino Bixio-class Scout Cruisers implemented in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

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  2. 2. How should the Nino Bixio be implemented in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

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  3. 3. How should the Marsala be implemented in the Italian Naval Tech Tree?

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Nino Bixio-class Scout Cruisers

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Introduction:

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The Nino Bixio class were built as an improved class of the prior cruiser Quatro which in their role were designed to be scouts for the main fleet. Drawn up by Captain Giuseppe Rota the two ships, Nino Brixio and Marsala were designed to give a top speed of 29 knots but their larger displacement proved to be their downfall as they never achieved this speed in service. Rather proving a disappointment for the unsatisfying seaworthy characteristics they were retired prematurely in the 1920s after seeing limited service in the First World War. This was the last of the Italian scout cruisers. 

Service History:

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Nino Bixio was laid down at the Regio Cantiere di Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on 15 February 1911 and commissioned on 5 May 1914 named after the famous soldier of the same name. At the start of World War One she was based out of Brindisi with her sister ship Marsala patrolling the narrow strait between the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. When an Austro-Hungarian force threatened to disrupt a Serbian troop convoy in December 1915 she was deployed with an allied flotilla to hunt down the cruiser SMS Helgoland in an hours long engagement. Helgoland had a speed advantage and she soon outran both Nino Bixio and Quarto leading into the darkness of nightfall. Intended to participate in the Battle of the Otranto Straits in May 1917 she did not have the necessary boiler pressure to deploy in a timely fashion and was kept at port.  After the war the navy suffered severe budget cuts and the poor performance of the propulsion meant that Brixio was an easy target for retirement. She was decommissioned on 15 March 1929 and scrapped then after.

 

Marsala was laid down at the Regio Cantiere di Castellammare di Stabia shipyard on 15 February 1911 and work proceeded much slower than her sister ship commissioning on 4 August, 1914. Like all Italian scout cruisers she was based out of Brindisi guarding the mouth of the Adriatic. When Austro-Hungarian forces attacked the Otranto Barrage in May 1917 Marsala was the only Italian cruiser with enough steam to deploy under the command of Admiral Alfredo Acton. Leaving 8:30PM on the 14th she joined up with allied forces north of Valona for the counter attack. Engaging enemy forces at range in the Otranto Straits Marsala joined the pursuit for the crippled cruiser SMS Novara at 11:30 before encountering the more powerful armored cruiser SMS Sankt Georg. Acton was forced to withdraw his forces enabling a tactical Austro-Hungarian victory for which the Marsala would never see action again. After the Frist World War she would be prematurely retired along with the Nino Bixio in the 1920s because of propulsion issues. She was decommissioned on 27 November, 1927 and scrapped then after.  

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Technical Data:

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General Specifications:

Displacement: 3575 tonnes

Length: 140.3 m

Beam: 13 m

Draft: 4.1 m

Installed Power: 14 x Blechynden boilers,  

Propulsion: 3 x shafts, 3 x Curtiss steam turbines (22500 hp)

Speed: (Nino Bixio 26.8 knots, Marsala 27.5 knots)

Crew: 296 men

 

Armor (Terni Cemented Steel):

Deck: 40 mm

Conning Tower: 100 mm 

 

Armament: (1920s)

6 x 120/50 A1909 guns 

6 x 76/50 V1909 guns

2 x 40/39 V1917 AA auto-cannons

2 x 450mm torpedo tubes (beam)

200 mines

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  • 1 year later...
On 28/03/2021 at 08:43, ironcell26 said:

+1, it could be added before the Etna at rank 1/(2?)

 

I would love to see as much old stuff as possible.  This ship  ould work and at the right BR would be fun

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This ship can be useful at br 3.7, basically no torpedoes and very weak antiaircraft weaponry, 6 slow rate of fire 120mm cannons. It's a yes only if the br is 3.7, even at 4.0 is a risky addition.

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+1 as a 4.0 cruiser with destroyer spawn. The guns aren't that bad and the survivability would be pretty decent. Downsides would be the mediocre speed and bad AA.

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