Italian Navy News

29 Jun 2020

Fincantieri Begins Building Sections for French Navy Ships

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First steel has been cut at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard for the first of four forward sections for as many Logistic Support Ships (LSS) ordered by Chantiers de l’Atlantique to Fincantieri under the FLOTLOG program (Flotte logistique).The sections will be built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard with deliveries scheduled between 2021 and 2027.The FLOTLOG program consists in the construction of four Logistic Support Ships (LSS), destined to the French Navy…

10 Jun 2020

Italy Weighs Warships Sale to Egypt After Student Murder

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Italy has yet to approve the sale to Egypt of two warships made by shipbuilder Fincantieri, as the government weighs political considerations and analyses the deal, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.Rumors Rome had approved the sale raised criticism in Italy and members of the government have voiced concerns about Egypt's human rights record, especially after Italian student Giulio Regeni was tortured and murdered in Cairo in 2016.Answering questions during a parliamentary hearing…

20 May 2020

Seastema Autopilot Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

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Naval automation and navigation systems supplier Seastema said its SEAS-PILOT HCS autopilot system has been certified with the MED/4.16 Type Approval Certificate of Conformity by DNV GL.With this result, Seastema, a Fincantieri company, becomes the only Italian manufacturer, and one of the first worldwide, of a certified autopilot system in conformity with the new European regulation MED (Marine Equipment Directive) 2019/1397, the highest international standard in the marine sector.The…

27 Jan 2020

Fincantieri Launches Emilio Bianchi

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Italian Shipbuilding Company Fincantieri has officially launched the "Emilio Bianchi" frigate, the tenth and last FREMM (Multi Mission European Frigates) vessel at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso (Genoa).The ship has been launched with the combat system and platform equipment already installed onboard and fully integrated. She will now be moved to the Fincantieri‘s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) where, within next June, sea trials will start to test her performances.The ship will be delivered to the Italian Navy in March 2020…

24 Oct 2019

Fincantieri Signs Contract with Chantiers de l’Atlantique

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Fincantieri has been awarded an order from Chantiers de l’Atlantique (CdA) for the construction of the forward sections of four vessels based on the Italian “Vulcano” design.The forward sections will be built in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples), as for the “Vulcano” vessel, with deliveries to Chantiers de l’Atlantique scheduled between 2021 and 2027.The contract is part of the FLOTLOG (Flotte logistique) program, which provides for the construction of four Logistic Support Ships…

16 Oct 2019

NATO RV Alliance is not just quiet, it’s ice-capable

NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. Photo: NATO CMRE

An interview with Ian Sage, director for marine operations, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, Italy.NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. The ship operated with a civilian crew under the German flag for many years for the NATO SACLANT Center, later renamed the NATO Undersea Research Center, and now known as the NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation. Now Alliance flies a new flag, and has a broader mission.

15 Oct 2019

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

At CMRE, it’s not just about the science. It’s about building trust and confidence in resilient systems. An interview with Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, ItalyTell us a little about yourself and CMRE. What does CMRE do, and how do you see your mission evolving?I came here from the Pentagon, where I was the science advisor for the director of operational test and evaluation. My experience has been working with operators on systems that they’re getting ready to field.

01 Aug 2019

Nidec ASI Supplies Power Management for Megayacht

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Nidec ASI - head of the Nidec Industrial Solutions platform belonging to the Nidec Group - leaders in the field of solutions for energy management in the nautical sector, has taken another important step forward in support of more sustainable navigation. The company has developed and installed the innovative Power Management System on the mega yacht Wider 165, optimizing power management on the vessel and distributing it between the staterooms, propulsive system and recharging of batteries.Thanks to the advanced solutions installed by Nidec ASI…

28 Jul 2019

Sea Shepherd, Namibia Fight Fisheries Crime

Namibian officials and Sea Shepherd crew onboard the Ocean Warrior. Photo by Kerstine Launay/Sea Shepherd.

The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) compliance officials and Sea Shepherd, onboard the Ocean Warrior, have jointly carried out successful surveillance activities in Namibia`s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), effectively causing illegal factory trawlers to abandon the Skeleton Coast.The main objective of these joint patrols was to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Namibian waters. These initiatives assisted the MFMR and other Namibian…

16 Jul 2019

Paolo Thaon di Revel Launched

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Italy launched 'Paolo Thaon di Revel', the first unit in a new class of multipurpose offshore patrol ships (abbreviated to PPA in Italian).The launching ceremony of the PPA took place yesterday (July 15) at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Elisabetta Trenta.Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs. Irene Imperiali, nephew of the Admiral Paolo Thaon di Revel. The ceremony was attended among others by the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy…

15 Jul 2019

Italian Navy Launches Offshore Patrol Ship

Photo courtesy of OCCAR.

GE Marine's LM2500+G4 gas turbine will  power the Italian Navy’s new Paolo Thaon di Revel Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura (PPA) a hybrid-electric, multipurpose offshore patrol ship that was launched in mid-June and will be delivered in 2021.Being built at Fincantieri Shipyard in Muggiano – La Spezia, Italy, the PPA patrol ship will serve multiple functions from patrol with sea rescue capacity to civil protection operations. It is 133 meters long and can carry 90 crew members with additional accommodations for up to 171 members.

20 Jun 2019

Italy Lauches Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship

Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) “Paolo Thaon di Revel”. Image: Fincantieri

Italy has launched the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) “Paolo Thaon di Revel”  at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia).The launching ceremony took place in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Elisabetta Trenta, Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs. Irene Imperiali, nephew of the Admiral Paolo Thaon di Revel.The ceremony was attended among others by the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Valter Girardelli, by Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono.The PPA…

14 Jun 2019

Fincantieri, Naval Group Create JV

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Fincantieri and Naval Group signed the Alliance Cooperation Agreement, which sets out the operational terms for the incorporation of a 50/50 owned joint venture.The agreement embodies the contents of the “Poseidon” project” and paves the way towards a broader alliance aimed at reinforcing their military naval cooperation as well as creating a more efficient European shipbuilding industry.The agreement was signed by the CEOs of the two companies, Giuseppe Bono and Hervé Guillou, on board of the frigate “Federico Martinengo”, moored at the Naval Base of the Italian Navy in La Spezia.

02 Jun 2019

Farewell to Carlo Margottini

ITS Carlo Margottini carries out a passing exercise with the Royal Navy of Oman while working with Operation Atalanta, countering piracy off the Horn of Africa. Photo: EUNAVFOR

European Union’s first naval operation Operation Atalanta, launched in 2008 to prevent and deter piracy at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Indian Ocean, said farewell to ITS Carlo Margottini on May 30, 2019.For the past three months, the Italian warship (hull number F592) has worked alongside the ESPS Navarra, countering piracy and monitoring fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. Previously, the ITS Carlo Margottini sailed with EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta from 5 April to 6 August 2018.The frigate ITS Carlo Margottini is the third ship of the Bergamini Class…

17 Apr 2019

Fincantieri Delivers FREMM Frigate to Italy

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The newbuild multi-purpose frigate Antonio Marceglia was handed over to the Italian Navy at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano on Tuesday, April 16.It is the eighth of a series of 10 vessels of the European Multi-Mission Frigates (FREMM) programme.FREMM is part of the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation).Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri and 49% Leonardo) is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program…

28 Jan 2019

Fincantieri: The Ninth Multipurpose Frigate Launched

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The launching ceremony of the “Spartaco Schergat” frigate, the ninth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels – Multi Mission European Frigates, took place at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso (Genoa). The 10 FREMM vessels have been commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organization Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs.

06 Aug 2018

Migrant Rescue Ship Won't Take People Back to Libya

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Rescue ship Aquarius, which has picked up almost 3,000 migrants from the Mediterranean this year, will carry out rescue missions without waiting for orders from coastguards and will not return people to Libya, its search and rescue head said."When we see there is a vessel in distress, with a high likelihood of people dying, we will go and rescue them immediately as per international maritime law," Nick Romaniuk told Reuters on board the Aquarius.Over the last year coordination…

01 Jun 2018

GE Powers Canada’s New Combat Ships

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GE Aviation’s marine gas turbines are the ideal solution for the Royal Canadian Navy’s next generation surface combatant program, GE Marine said Thursday at the CANSEC 2018 trade exhibition.“GE’s LM2500 family of engines are used by the Royal Canadian Navy and 34 other navies worldwide, setting the benchmark for reliability. The global fleet of GE gas turbines has logged over 15 million operating hours in the marine environment and another 90 million in industrial applications,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE’s Vice President, Marine Operations, Cincinnati, Ohio.

11 May 2018

GE Powers New Italian Frigate

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Federico Martinengo, the seventh multipurpose FREMM frigate recently delivered to the Italian Navy by shipyard Fincantieri, like all 10 ships in the new Carlos Bergamini-class FREMM frigate program, features the power dense GE LM2500+G4 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel eLectric And Gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion system.In 2013, Fincantieri delivered the first Italian FREMM, Carlo Bergamini. In addition to the Italian FREMM frigates, DCNS shipyard in Lorient, France, is well underway having delivered six FREMM frigates in a 10-ship program.

24 Apr 2018

Fincantieri Delivers Italian Naval Frigate

Frigate Photo courtesy Filippo Vinardi;  Fincantieri

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…

16 Apr 2018

Italian Navy Divers Practice with Explosives

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A team of Italian specialist Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers carried out mine-countermeasures training on Friday, April 13, to prepare for potential threats that may affect international shipping and delay essential sea cargoes.As part of the training, the EOD divers from Italian Navy Frigate ITS Margottini put a floating ‘dummy’ mine into the sea and then carried out a controlled explosion.ITS Margottini is currently deployed on counter-piracy operations as part of EU NAVFOR’s Op Atalanta.

04 Feb 2018

Fincantieri Launches FREMM Frigate ITS Antonio Marceglia

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Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri has launched the FREMM Frigate, ITS Antonio Marceglia for the Italian Navy, during a ceremony at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso in Genoa. "The launching ceremony of the “Antonio Marceglia” frigate, the eighth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, took place today at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso (Genoa) in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti and, on behalf of the Chief of Defence…

12 Jan 2018

Fincantieri to Adapt FREMM Frigate for US Navy

Fincantieri FREMM-FFG reference design vessel. Six of the 10 FREMM ships Fincantieri is constructing for the Italian Navy are in service. (Image: Fincantieri)

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group has announced further details on its plans to adapt its FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X). Fincantieri said it will lead an industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build the ships at its U.S. shipyards, including Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in Marinette, Wisc. The FFG(X) design is based on FREMM, a multi-mission ship capable of conducting antisurface…

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