Bow section of Vulcano launched
Fincantieri has launched the bow section of the Italian Navy's future logistic support vessel (LSS), Vulcano, at the shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples, the company announced on 10 April.
The vessel was ordered as part of a wider programme to upgrade the Italian Navy's fleet.
The bow section is 94m long, 24m wide, 16.3m high, and weighs about 4.100 tonnes. It will be transported by sea to the shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, where it will be assembled with the stern section. The delivery of the LSS is scheduled for 2019.
The LSS will provide logistics support to the fleet, transporting and transferring to other transport vessels liquids such as diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water, and solids such as emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions, and equipment to perform sea repairs and maintenance work on other vessels.
Italy's fleet renewal programmes foresees the construction of one transport and landing unit (Landing Helicopter Dock) as well as seven multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels, with options for three more.
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