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Italy receives sixth FREMM frigate

21st April 2017 - 15:30 by The Shephard News Team

The Rizzo multi-mission frigate has been delivered to the Italian Navy at Fincantieri's shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, the company announced on 20 April.

This is the sixth vessel of the FREMM programme commissioned to Fincantieri within the international Italian-French programme, coordinated by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation. The FREMM programme will see the construction of 18 vessels; eight for the French Navy, begin built by DCNS; and ten for the Italian Navy, being built by Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri and 49% Leonardo).

The vessels are 144m long with a beam of 19.7m and a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tonnes. Rizzo will have a maximum speed of over 27kts and will provide accommodation for a 200 person crew.

The FREMM programme vessels are set to replace the Lupo and Maestrale class frigates built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.

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