Fincantieri cuts steel for Italian Navy LHD
Fincantieri has cut first steel for the Italian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at its Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in Italy, the company announced on 12 July.
The vessel is being delivered as part of a wider programme to renew the Italian Navy's fleet, which will also include seven multipurpose offshore patrol ships and a logistic support ship.
The LHD will have a maximum speed of 25 knots, and will be equipped with a combined diesel and gas turbine plant. It will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 people on-board.
The LHD will provide transport and landing of troops, military vehicles and logistic equipment. With a wide embarkment area within dock-garage and hangar-garage and a continuous open deck, the LHD will be able to receive wheeled vehicles, containers and helicopters in both ports and unprepared areas via landing craft.
The LHD will also feature a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, and hospital rooms.
The vessel will be delivered in 2022.
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