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Fincantieri Delivers Italian Naval Frigate

Frigate Photo courtesy Filippo Vinardi;  Fincantieri

By Joseph R Fonseca

The frigate Federico Martinengo was delivered to the Italian Navy at Fincantieri's shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. The ship is the seventh of a series of 10 FREMM vessels of the FREMM program - Multi Mission European Frigates - commissioned to Fincantieri as part of the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51 percent Fincantieri and 49 percent Leonardo) is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program, which envisions the construction of 10 units, all already ordered.

Federico Martinengo is the seventh unit built by Fincantieri including the combat system, the third in multipurpose configuration after the Carlo Bergamini and the Luigi Rizzo, delivered to the Italian Navy respectively in 2013 and 2017. With a length of 144 meters and a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tons, the FREMM frigates are designed to reach a maximum speed of 27 knots and to provide accommodation for 200 people (crew and staff).

The FREMM program stems from the renewal need of the Italian Navy Lupo class (already decommissioned) and Maestrale class (some already decommissioned, other close to the attainment of operational limit) class frigates, both built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.

The new units - which will become the backbone of the naval fleet over the next decades - contribute to the development of the tasks assigned to the Italian Navy, being able to operate in various sectors, from specific military purposes to those in favor of the community.

Apr 24, 2018

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