Fincantieri has performed the first steel cut for the second logistic support ship (LSS) of the Italian Navy.

A ceremony to mark the first step in the construction process of the ship was held at the company’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in Naples, Italy.

The entire construction of the second LSS will be carried out at this shipyard, with delivery expected in 2025.

In December last year, Fincantieri signed a €410m ($419m) contract with the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement (OCCAR) to build the Italian Navy’s second LSS and its combat management system.

The second LSS vessel is being built as part of a multi-year programme, which aims to safeguard Italy’s maritime forces.

Apart from this LSS, the programme also involves construction of seven multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and Trieste landing helicopter dock (LHD).

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The first OPV or Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura (PPA), Thaon di Revel, was delivered in March.

Last year in March, Fincantieri delivered LSS Vulcano to the Italian Navy under the same programme.

The 94m-long, 24m-wide and 16.3m-high Vulcano will also support the French Navy’s Flotte Logistique (FLOTLOG) programme, which includes the construction of four LSSs for the French Navy.

Furthermore, this programme includes an additional option for the construction of a third ship.

According to Fincantieri, the common characteristic between all the three classes of Italian vessels is their high-level of innovation, making them flexible and efficient.

All three vessels are equipped with advanced low pollution emission generators, electric-drive propulsion motors and biological waste control systems, which together have low environmental impact.

Besides being used for various militarily purposes, these ships can even be used for performing non-military-related activities such as for civil protection in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.