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Sparviero (Italian language: "Sparrowhawk") was an Italianmarker aircraft carrier designed and built during World War II. She was originally the ocean liner MS Augustus. The conversion was started in 1942 and was almost completed, but the ship was never delivered to the Regia Marina. She began to be scrapped in 1946, a process completed by 1952.

As the MS Augustus

As the Sparviero

Profile of the plan of the Sparviero

In 1936, Augustus was also prepared for a project to transform into the 30,418 GRT auxiliary carrier. The idea was initially abandoned but then resumed in 1942.

The passenger ship Augustus was renamed Falco (Italian language: Falcon) and then Sparviero. she would have had to undergo major changes to the superstructure with the installation of controcarene. She would had also been equipped with a single hangar with two lifts and fitted with a flight deck that ended 45 meters before the bow. She would have had a narrow runway hunt for the 34 or 16 more fighter bombers 9 / siluranti that had been provided in the final plans.

The conversion began in September 1942, the work undertaken by the Ansaldo Shipyard in Genoamarker. However, the work was never finished. The hull was captured by the Germans and was sunk on 5 October 1944 to block access to the port of Genoa. The wreckage was recovered after the war and finally scrapped in 1951.

Like the Sparviero, the Italian aircraft carrier Aquila, a modification of the sister ship of the Augustus, , was scuttled and scrapped before the conversion into the aircraft carrier was finished. These two ships were the last attempts to build aircraft carriers for the Italian Navy until 1981, when work began on the Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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