Armando Diaz (1932)

Armando Diaz during her visit to Australia. Note how close together the guns of her main battery are. Photo by Allan Green, in the collections of the State Library of Victoria.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1930
Launched
1932
Commissioned
1933
AD/BC
AD
History

Armando Diaz was one of the Condottieri-class light cruisers, and part of the Luigi Cadorna sub-class. Commissioned in 1933, Diaz was assigned to operations in the Mediterranean, but from September, 1934 to February, 1935, she made a voyage to Australia and New Zealand to show the flag abroad. She was stationed in the Western Mediterranean during the Spanish Civil War, ostensibly conducting non-intervention patrols. Diaz fought in the Battle of Calabria, in July, 1940, then spent the next few months escorting convoys. She was sunk by the submarine HMS Upright on 25 February, 1941, during a convoy run to Tripoli. The torpedo detonated her magazine, resulting in 484 of her 507 crew going down with the ship.