Naval Plan of the cruiser `Raimondo Montecuccoli'
The 'Raimondo Monteccucoli' was conceived to manoevre and fight at speed. She carried a catapult launched floatplane amidships for long range reconnaisance. Her maiden voyage to the East and Australia for the antipodean sesquicentennary underlined the determination of the fascist regime to project its power in the Mediterranean regardless of the British navy and international public opinion. In celebration of Italian military prowess, she was named for an italian field marshall who had served the Holy Roman Hapsburg emporers.
Diagram from `Jane's Fighting Ships' 1935