Fincantieri has started construction of the eighth frégate européen multi-mission (FREMM) ship for the Italian Navy at its Riva Trigoso shipyard in Sestri Levante, Italy.
Planned to be built in the general purpose configuration, the FREMM ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy in early 2019.
This work is part of a contract awarded to Orizzonte Sistemi Navali to construct ten vessels for Italian Navy, to replace its ageing Fincantieri-built Lupo and Maestrale-class ships by 2021.
Orizzonte Sistemi Navali is a joint venture (JV) of Fincantieri and Finmeccanica. It is the prime contractor for Italy within the international Italian and French FREMM programme.
Last month, the JV started construction of the seventh FREMM vessel.
OCCAR, the organisation for joint armament cooperation, placed an order with Orizzonte Sistemi Navali in April for the last two FREMM frigates for Italy.
Other Italian FREMM ships are at various stages of production, Bergamini, the first of class (FOC) in general purpose configuration, and Fasan, the FOC in anti submarine warfare (ASW) configuration, are in operation with the Italian Navy.
Both the vessels are in the in-service phase, and are being supported through the temporary global support contract.
The follow on ships (FOS) in ASW configuration, Margottini and Carabiniere, are under the warranty works up to the end of this month.
The ASW configuration vessel, Alpino, was launched in December 2014 and Rizzo, a general purpose configuration frigate is planned for launch in December this year.
Image: First segment of the 8th Italian FREMM frigate. Photo: courtesy of OCCAR.