GRN Wallachia (CB-1938)


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The striking from active duty of the Radetzky class semi-dreadnoughts made available all its armaments for use in building other new vessels for the Galician Fleet. The Radetzkys being semi-dreadnoughts had a set of four twin 9.4" turrets as their secondary armament. Each Radetzky would provide the main armament for a new cruiser. The Constanta shipyards bought the Zara class plans from Italy and altered them to take the 9.4" twins in place of the Italian 8" twins. The secondary armament was the refurbished 88mm guns removed from the Radetzkys and fitted into Italian twin mountings with AA capabilities. 37mm and 20mm guns made up the light AA.

The Zara type cruiser was just what the Galicians were looking for compared to the almost unarmoured Bolzano/Trieste type. The Galicians did not need high speed in a sea as small as the Black Sea, they needed survivability, and the heavily armoured Zaras were just right for them. Only having the one aircraft carrier the Galicians fitted their other capital ships and cruisers with search/spotting aircraft where appropriate.


Displacement 17,400 tons std, 22,600 tons full load
Length 607 ft
Breadth 68 ft
Draught 24 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 100,000shp
Speed 31 knots
Range 7000 miles at 15 knots (2500 at 28knots)
Armour 5.9" side, 3.5" deck, 7"/4.1"/2.8" turrets
Armament 8 x 9.4" (4x2)

16 x 88mm (8x2)

8 x 37mm (8x1)

16 x 20mm (16x1)

Aircraft 2
Torpedoes nil
Complement 950
Notes GRN Wallachia




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