Monday, 6 March 2017

Seventh Italian FREMM "FEDERICO MARTINENGO" European Multi-Mission Frigate Launched

LAUNCHED SEVENTH FRIGATE multirole "FEDERICO MARTINENGO" continued the Italian-French FREMM program

Trieste, March 4, 2017 - was held today at the plant in Riva Trigoso (Genova) the launching ceremony of the frigate "Federico Martinengo" , the seventh in a series of 10 FREMM units - European Multi-Mission Frigates, commissioned from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy Italian in the framework of the French-Italian international cooperation, with the coordination of OCCAR, the joint organization for European cooperation in the field of armaments.

Godmother to the ship was Mrs. Mina De Caro, widow of Joseph Porcelli, commander of the frigate "Scirocco", who died in 1997 during operational activity conducted as part of the NATO naval force in the Mediterranean.

The ceremony was attended, among others, in January Claudio Graziano , Chief of Staff of Defence, Adm. Team Valter Girardelli, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Giovanni Toti , President of the Liguria Region and Giuseppe Bono , Am the CEO Fincantieri.

Following the launch, the unit will continue its construction activities at the Integrated Military Naval Shipyard in Muggiano site, in La Spezia, and will be delivered in early 2018. Ship "Federico Martinengo" will feature, like the others, from high operational flexibility and will have the ability to operate in all tactical situations. It has a length of 144 meters, a width of 19.7 meters and a full load displacement of about 6,700 tons. It can reach a speed of over 27 knots with a maximum capacity of transported staff of 200 people.

The FREMM program, which represents the state of the art of Italian and European defense, is born from the renewal of the line of the Navy units of the Lupo class (already radiated) and Mistral (close to reaching the operating life limit) built by Fincantieri in the seventies.

During 2013 were delivered "Carlo Bergamini" and "Virginio Fasan", in 2014 "Carlo Margottini", in 2015 "policeman", while in 2016 was the "Alpine" again. By exercising the option, in April 2015, for the construction of the ninth and tenth units, whose delivery is expected after 2020, it has been fully implemented at the Italian program.

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

This cooperation has capitalized on the positive experience of the previous Italo-French program "Horizon" that led to the construction of two destroyers for the Italian Navy, l ' "Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

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The “Federico Martinengo” frigate is the seventh of a series of 10 FREMM vessels for the Italian Navy. Image:

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