Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Launched the first Italian FREMM, 'Carlo Bergamini'

Fincantieri said the launch of the first Italian FREMM frigate, the "Carlo Bergamini." The launch was held at Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa.

The ship's godmother was Mrs. Mary Bergamini Loedler, granddaughter of Admiral Carlo Bergamini. The name honors the decorated admiral of the fleet ( in memoriam ) with the gold medal for military valor after sinking with his battleship, the Rome on September 8, 1943.

The delivery of the ship, capable of a wide range of tasks and operations in various tactical situations, will occur in 2012. According to Fincantieri, the frigate is 139 meters long, 19.7 meters wide and a loaded displacement of approximately 5,900 tons, with accommodations for 145 crew. The maximum speed of 27 knots should be.

The Italian Navy says the ship can embark two helicopters NH-90 or NH-90 and EH-101 with a drive system assisted. The propulsion is the type CODLAG (Combined Diesel - Electric and Gas), and highlights how the weapons systems and sensors, are surface-to-air missiles Aster 15 (16 cells release) and Empar multifunction radar.

The Italian FREMM frigates will replace the classes "Lupo" and "Maestrale", built by Fincantieri in the 1970s. Also replace the fleet of patrol boats class "Soldato" according to the Italian Navy. Principal contractors are in Italy Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, Finmeccanica 49%) and in France, Armaris (DCNS + Thales). The Franco-Italian cooperation in this class was developed after the positive experience with the joint program "Orizzonte" in which two frigates were built for each country. The "Orizzonte" is the Italian air defense frigates "Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

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