The Italian Navy’s new logistic support ship (LSS) A5335 Vulcano has been launched at Fincantieri’s Muggiano facility within the Naval Integrated shipyard in La Spezia.
The vessel was ordered from Fincantieri as part of the navy fleet’s ongoing Naval Modernisation Plan.
Defense Staff chief general Claudio Graziano said: “Vulcano will play a role in extending the projection capacity of our military instrument through her characteristics of strategic versatility and operational flexibility to the advantage of naval training engaged in international operation.”
The Italian Navy’s LSS features a fully equipped hospital with operating rooms, radiology and analysis centres, and a dentist’s office, as well as hospital rooms that will be able to host up to 17 seriously injured patients at a time.
The support vessel has the capacity to transport and transfer to other transport vessels used for liquids such as diesel fuel, jet fuel and freshwater, in addition to solids such as emergency spare parts, food and ammunition.
It can also be deployed to carry out sea repairs and maintenance works for other navy vessels.
The LSS’s defence capabilities are limited to command and control in tactical scenarios, as well as communications and dissuasive, non-lethal defence systems.
However, the ship is capable of integrating more complex defence systems to allow it to serve as an intelligence and electronic war platform.
The 193m-long LSS Vulcano can travel at a speed of approximately 20k and is able to accommodate 200 persons, including crew members and specialists.
It features four replenishment stations abeam and one astern, and is also capable of providing drinking water and electricity to land-based sites when required.
The Italian Navy vessel can be deployed to carry out rescues at sea via recovery and seabed operations, while also providing a base for rescue operations using helicopters and special vessels.