Those british vessels were a pair of Arethusa class light cruisers and (i think HMS lively). One the RN ships is reported to have dipped its pennant to honor the fight the italians put up after they were sunk.
Background specifications from Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946 and Fleets of World War II by Richard Worth. Also supplemented by other references when available or needed. In this case Destroyers of World War II by Whitley
Alvise da Mosto Navigatori class Destroyer Commissioned: March 1931 Lost: December 1941 Displacement: 2,125 tons standard Length (OA): 358 ft 6 in Beam: 36 ft, 8 in Speed: 28 kts Armor : None Armament: 6 x 4.7 in (3 x 2), 2 x 40 mm AA (2 x 1), 8 x 13.2 mm MG (4 x 2), 6 x 21 in (2 x 3) TT, 56 mines
Changes: 1933-34: Added 4 x 13.2 mm (2 x 2) MG (bringing total to 8) 1939-40: Hull widened and lengthened to improve sea-keeping which resulted in slower maximum speed. (These modifications are already reflected in the specifications above.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Laid numerous minefields and escorted many convoys. Sunk in battle Dec. 1, 1941, while defending a merchant ship against British vessels.
From Wikipedia: On 30 November 1941, Da Mosto sailed from Trapani to escort to Tripoli the tanker Iridio Mantovani, carrying, 8,600 tons of fuel for the Axis forces in North Africa. On 1 December, Mantovani was crippled by Bristol Blenheim bombers of the Royal Air Force; Da Mosto tried to take her in tow, but another air strike set the tanker on fire. Shortly thereafter, the two ships were attacked by the British Force K, consisting of the cruisers Aurora and Penelope and the destroyer Lively. Da Mosto engaged the British ships in a last attempt to protect the disabled tanker, but was hit multiple times, including in one of her magazines, and quickly sank at 18:15 in 33°53' N, 12°28' E, about 75 miles northwest of Tripoli. Mantovani was also finished off by Force K. Da Mosto's commanding officer, Commander Francesco Dell'Anno, was awarded the Gold Medal of Military Valor for his attempt to defend Mantovani against overwhelming forces.
Although Italian destroyers primarily did convoy escort duty, so too did Allied destroyers. But convoy related SAs are pretty weak in this game, and I think we have given the Italians more than enough of those. I agree with flak that SAs related to her battle with the British cruisers (like Cruiser Killer or such) would be much more useful.
Checking Hap's spreadsheet it appears Camicia Nera is the only Italian DD with Close Escort. Close Escort is by far the best of the "convoy escort" type SAs. How about Close Escort and Cruiser Killer? Light Ship Tactics would also apply IMO. All three would make a nice DD.
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