Fin­cantieri lays keel of frigate Luigi Rizzo

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

On Septem­ber 6, at the Riva Trigoso ship­yard, near Genoa, Fin­cantieri held a cer­e­mony mark­ing the lay­ing of the keel of the frigate Luigi Rizzo, the sixth ship of the FREMM pro­gramme.

This event con­tin­ues the con­struc­tion of the Euro­pean multi-mis­sion frigates, which re­mains to date the most im­por­tant joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Euro­pean in­dus­tries in the field of naval de­fence. The ves­sel, which will be de­liv­ered in early 2017, will be about 144 me­ters long, 19.7 me­tres wide, and will have a full load dis­place­ment of about 6,700 tonnes. She will be able to reach a top speed of over 27 knots, and will ac­com­mo­date up to 200 peo­ple.

The ship will be char­ac­terised by a high op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity, and will have the abil­ity to op­er­ate in mul­ti­ple sce­nar­ios, par­tic­u­larly to main­tain the se­cu­rity of the Mediter­ranean basin.

The ships of the FREMM pro­gramme will rep­re­sent the au­thor­ity of the Ital­ian state and of the Euro­pean Union in the Mediter­ranean, and will re­place the Ital­ian Navy’s Lupo and Maestrale class frigates, built by Fin­cantieri in the 1970s.

The ini­tia­tive in­volves the par­tic­i­pa­tion as prime con­trac­tor for Italy of Hori­zon Sis­temi Navali (51 per cent Fin­cantieri, Fin­mec­ca­nica 49 per cent) and for France of Ar­maris (DCNS + Thales).

This co­op­er­a­tive pro­gramme has built on the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of the pre­vi­ous French-Ital­ian pro­gramme “Hori­zon” that led to the cre­ation of two de­stroy­ers for the Ital­ian Navy, the An­drea Do­ria and Caio Duilio.

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