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For an official website, there are some interesting gaps, even allowing for it being a historical summary rather than an in-depth look.


Photo album created by the Sezione Fotografica di Aviazione per la Regia Marina [Photographic Section for Aviation of the Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Italy] unit of the Servizio Aeronautico della Regia Marina [Royal Navy Aeronautical Service] circa 1915-1918; 20 pages plus covers. Contains black-and-white photographs labeled in Italian of Italian Navy facilities, hydroaeroplanes (flying boats), airplanes, airships, captured Austrian hydroaeroplanes, and aerial reconnaissance photo mosaics of several Adriatic port cities then under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Austria-Hungary).
 

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From late last year:
 

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A 'what might have been' or two:
The Italian Navy were also very interested in the VAK-191B:

EDIT: Overlooked this post earlier in the thread:
Warship 2007
Search For A Flattop; The Italian Navy and the Aircraft Carrier 1907 - 2007
Enrico Cernuschi and Vincent P. O'Hara

"During the following decades the Navy expanded its land-based helicopter groups and improved them with new, more powerful machines, despite the budgetary crises of the 1960's which caused the cancellation of the order for Italia and, later, Trieste - a proposed evolution of the Vittorio Veneto design with the capability to embark a new VTOL jet attack plane, the VAK-191, a contemporary of the British P.1227 Harrier proposed by a German-Italian consortium."

The next paragraph mentions Trieste being cancelled in 1969.

Anyone know anymore about shipbourne VAK-191's?!

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The VAK-191B would probably have been acquired if the European Defence Force had come to fruition. There were plans for three additional Vittorio Veneto-class cruisers as part of the naval element of the EDF, as well as the Vittorio Veneto herself being assigned.
 

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Andrea Doria (www.navalanalyses.com), Caio Duilio (reddit), Vittorio Veneto (reddit).
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Giuseppe Garibaldi and Americo Vespucci in 1968
(h/t Arjen)

I think this is the original reddit post he got the image from.

EDIT: A comment from said post;
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While sailing the Mediterranean Sea in 1962, the American aircraft carrier USS Independence flashed the Amerigo Vespucci with the light signal asking: "Who are you?" The full-rigged ship answered: "Training ship Amerigo Vespucci, Italian Navy." The Independence replied: "You are the most beautiful ship in the world."
 

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The history is a little bit more complicated: that Marconi was to be a conventional submarine, after some time MMI became interested in SSN and the '57 Marconi was cancelled to be succeded by a totally different and much larger nuclear Marconi that never saw the light of the day because Italy lacked uranium enrichment capability and USN wasn't willing to procure. However the prototype of the reactor was build at the CAMEN
 

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