Genoa, 20th April, 2017
The delivery ceremony of the sixth FREMM Ship “Luigi Rizzo” was held today at the Fincantieri Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia (Italy).
With this ceremony, which takes place six months after the delivery of the fifth FREMM Unit “Alpino” (end of September 2016) and few weeks after the launching ceremony of the seventh Unit “Federico Martinengo”, which was held on 4th March, 2017, the Italian Navy has enlarged its existing fleet.
The delivery of this Unit, the second in General Purpose configuration after “Carlo Bergamini”, is the result of an extremely efficient and well-proven team work.
Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, Joint Venture between Fincantieri (51%) and Leonardo (49%), as prime contractor for Italy of the Italian-French FREMM Program, coordinated the construction works in collaboration with ship platform and combat system design authorities, local industries and shipyard’s workers.
The ongoing coordination, tight collaboration and transparency with OCCAR Programme Division and with all the Departments of the Italian Navy, the final Client, have been fundamental in order to achieve this goal on time and without unaccomplished activities left.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Mr. Giacomo Sardina, CEO of Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, by Mr. Angelo Fusco, Fincantieri’s SVP Naval Vessels Business Unit & Italy Business Unit, by Mr. Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño, OCCAR Director, by Admiral Matteo Bisceglia, NAVARM Director and by Admiral Donato Marzano, Commander in Chief of the Fleet and President of the Ship’s Acceptance Commission.
The Ship “Luigi Rizzo” represents a technological excellence, granting high degree of flexibility and the capability to operate in a wide range of scenarios and in all tactical situations: it is 144 meters long, has a breadth of 19,7 m and a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tons; it has been designed for achieving a maximum speed of over 27 knots and providing accommodation up to 200 people.
More and more every day, FREMM Units receive appreciation; the success obtained by Ship “Carabiniere” during the long Australian cruise is a farther confirmation of this success; with the option exercise, in April 2015, for the construction of the ninth and tenth Vessel, whose delivery will be in 2020, the supply of the 10 Units to be delivered to the Italian Navy will be totally accomplished.