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Second LPD on the table in Algeria-Italy shipbuilding deal

27th February 2023 - 13:30 GMT | by Harry Lye, Giovanni Rasio in London

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Algeria could get a second LPD to join Kalaat Beni-Abbes (pictured). (Photo: US DoD)

Algeria could get a second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) under a shipbuilding cooperation agreement being developed by Rome and Algiers.

Shephard understands that a second LPD is one potential part of the deal which would see Fincantieri and Algeria's Établissement de Construction et de Reparation Navale (ECRN) work together on a joint shipbuilding programme.

In January, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited Algeria to boost cooperation between the two countries. On the agenda were energy deals and naval platform development.

The second LPD is just one aspect of the cooperation framework, which could include several other ships, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Shephard.

The Algerian Navy ordered one Enhanced San Giusto-class LPD from Fincantieri

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Harry Lye

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Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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Giovanni Rasio

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Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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