Saturday, September 18, 2010
Keel Laid for Third Italian FREMM Frigate
On September 14 at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard in Sestri Levante, near Genoa, a ceremony was held to mark the construction start of the third Italian Navy ship of the FREMM class of European Multi-Mission Frigates.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Italian Navy’s Ufficio Allestimento e Collaudo Nuove Navi, La Spezia, and the Genoa-based Ufficio Tecnico Navale.
The first and second Italian Navy FREMM ships are in an advanced state of construction.
The hull of the first "General Purpose" unit has been completed and is on the shipyard deck; its launch and sea trials are planned from next April.
The two hull sections of the second ships are waiting to be welded together.