Fincantieri starts work on Italian LSS
Fincantieri has commenced construction work on the Italian Navy’s Logistic Support Ship (LSS), it announced on 12 July. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2019.
The LSS will provide logistics support to the Italian fleet. The ship will transport and transfer equipment to other vessels (spare parts, food and ammunitions) and liquids (diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water); and has the capacity to carry out sea repairs and maintenance work for other vessels.
The vessel will also be equipped with hospital and healthcare facilities including a fully equipped hospital, with radiology and analysis rooms, operating rooms, a dentist’s office and hospital rooms capable of hosting up to 12 seriously injured patients.
The LSS is 165 metres long and has a speed of 20 knots. It has 200 berths for crew and specialists, including inpatients. It will be capable of supporting search-and-rescue operations by acting as an operations base for helicopters and special vessels, and by conducting recovery and seabed operations with its 30-ton offshore stabilised crane. It is also designed to embark more complex defence systems and become an intelligence and electronic warfare platform if required.
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