Italy has ordered its 9th and 10th FREMM frigates, in the General Purpose configuration. Alpino, the fourth (and last) Italian ASW FREMM, is pictured. Source: Carlo Martinelli
The Italian Navy has ordered its final two Carlo Bergamini-class (Fregata Europea Multi-missione - FREMM) frigates, completing its acquisition programme for 10 vessels.
The total value of the contract for the two vessels is EUR764 million (USD818 million), according to a press release from the builders, Orizzonte Sistemi Navali -a joint venture between Fincantieri (51%) and Finmeccanica (49%) - on 16 April.
According to the programme schedule, the vessels are to be built in the General Purpose (GP), or anti-surface, configuration and will be delivered in the first quarters of 2020 and 2021 respectively. Of the 10 frigates, six are built in the GP configuration and four in the ASW (anti-submarine warfare) configuration.
The FREMM programme is a joint Franco-Italian project overseen by the European Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), which placed the contract for the final two Italian vessels. The class is also on order for the Egyptian and Moroccan navies.
The option for the final two vessels follows the first steel-cutting ceremony on 25 February at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso shipyard for the eighth Italian FREMM (GP configured), which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
According to OCCAR, the first-of-class vessel Carlo Bergamini (GP configured) is in full operational service with the Italian Navy, while the first ASW FREMM, Virgo Fasan, is scheduled to complete its warranty works by the end of April, after which it will enter operational service.
Carlo Margottini , the second ASW FREMM, has just begun its warranty works period and the third ASW vessel, Carabiniere , should be delivered to the Italian Navy by the end of April. The fourth ASW FREMM, Alpino , was launched in December 2015.
The second GP FREMM, Luigi Rizzo , will be launched in February 2016, while the first block of the seventh GP FREMM was laid down in October 2014.
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