Italian FREMM frigate ITS Alpino pitched for US Navy’s FFG(X) project

24 May 2018 (Last Updated May 24th, 2018 12:12)

The Italian Navy's Alpino-class frégate européenne multi-mission (FREMM) frigate ITS Alpino has been pitched for the US Navy’s FFG(X) future frigate programme.

Italian FREMM frigate ITS Alpino pitched for US Navy’s FFG(X) project
The ITS Alpino receives an escort into Norfolk from the USS Gonzales. Credit: PRNewsfoto / Fincantieri Marine Group.

The Italian Navy’s Alpino-class frégate européenne multi-mission (FREMM) frigate ITS Alpino has been pitched for the US Navy’s FFG(X) future frigate programme.

ITS Alpino’s design is currently being considered by the US Navy for use in the vessel development project.

The ship was originally constructed by Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

“The ITS Alpino demonstrates the proven versatility and capability of the FREMM-class frigate. It is lethal, survivable, designed for sailors and in service now.”

Fincantieri Marinette Marine chief strategy officer retired vice-admiral Richard Hunt said: “The ITS Alpino demonstrates the proven versatility and capability of the FREMM-class frigate.

“It is lethal, survivable, designed for sailors and in service now.

“It provides a superior platform for the US Navy FFG(X) competition and can provide great combat capability for our navy in the near term and beyond.

“It will contribute to the defence of America and our allies.”

The 144m-long ITS Alpino has a full-load displacement of approximately 6,700t and is capable of sailing at a maximum speed of 27k.

It is able to accommodate two helicopters and up to 200 crew members.

The Italian Navy frigate features 16 Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells that can be upgraded to a total of 32 units.

The VLS cells have been designed to fight against undersea, surface and airborne threats.

Fincantieri Marine Group senior vice-president Charles Goddard said: “The FREMM’s design will enable it to grow over its service life with the US Navy with limited upgrade costs.

“This ship is a technical marvel.”

Should the US Navy approve the construction of new ITS Alpino-concept vessels under the FFG(X) programme, the project is expected to generate thousands of high-tech manufacturing jobs within the country.

The Italian Navy vessel is currently on a visit to Baltimore, New York, Boston and Norfolk in the US, which is expected to help improve cooperation between the navies of the two nations.