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Vulcano makes long-awaited arrival
Fincantieri delivered the logistic support ship Vulcano to the Italian Navy on 12 March, following a lengthy delay.
LSS Vulcano is part of a wider programme for the renewal of the Italian Navy which will also provide seven PPA patrol vessels, with an option for a further three, as well as a one landing helicopter dock.
Four ships based on the Vulcano design are also being built for the French Navy.
These fleet replenishment ships (called BRF - Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force) have been procured to provide long-term support for France's blue-water combat fleet by supplying fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food.
In this video, Shephard looks at the causes of the delay in delivery of Vulcano and the wider market for logistic support vessels in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
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