A Fincantieri-led RTI consortium has signed a contract to construct a second logistic support ship (LSS) for the Italian Navy.

The nearly €410m contract was signed with the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement (OCCAR).

According to Fincantieri, the deal also includes providing logistics and maintenance support over the vessel’s lifecycle in the first ten years.

The order also comprises provision of naval components and machinery produced by Fincantieri Mechanical Systems and Components Unit.

This equipment includes shaft lines, steering system, fin stabilisers, manoeuvring thrusters, as well as other handling systems.

The second LSS will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard, Castellammare di Stabia, and delivered in 2025.

Under a multi-year programme, Fincantieri is currently building seven multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and the Trieste Landing Helicopter Dock.

The programme aims to safeguard Italy’s defence at-sea capacity.

In March last year, Fincantieri’s Naval Integrated shipyard delivered the newly built 193m-long LSS Vulcano to the Italian Navy.

LSS Vulcano is part of the Flotte Logistique (FLOTLOG) programme, which includes the construction of four LSSs for the French Navy.

The cooperation between the two European Navy key players will pave way for an operational fleet of six LSSs.

Of these six LCSs, four are destined for France and the remaining two for Italy.

The contract amendment also includes an option for the construction of a third LSS for Italy.