Zara heavy cruiser on July 4, 1929, in the the Otto Group La Spezia shipyard started, launched on April 27, 1930, to be completed by October 20, 1931.
After the completion of the Zara she was incorporated into the the first Italian cruiser detachments. Thereafter until 1940 when Italy entered the war, the ship has been in this squad of which at one time had been the flagship. Throughout the summer of 1940 Zara-class ship covered convoys to North Africa. In September she intercepted the British troop convoys between the island of Malta and Alexandria. November 27, Zara, was participating in the Battle of Wu Lada was struck and damaged by the enemy. March 29th 1941 Zara was at the Battle of Cape Matapan in which the in the British Royal Navy battleships HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant and HMS Barham were present.