The Italian Navy has taken delivery of its sixth frégate européenne multi-mission (FREMM) frigate ITS Luigi Rizzo at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy.
The vessel is part of the FREMM programme Multi-Mission European Frigates, which was commissioned to Fincantieri within the international Italian-French programme coordinated by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).
Italian company Orizzonte Sistemi Navali is the country's prime contractor in the FREMM programme.
Orizzonte Sistemi Navali is jointly owned by Fincantieri (51%) and Leonardo (49%), and is currently contracted to build ten FREMM vessels
The 144m-long Rizzo is the second in multipurpose configuration after the Carlo Bergamini, which was delivered to the Italian Navy in 2012.
The multi-mission frigate has a full load displacement capability of approximately 6,700t and is designed to reach a maximum speed of 27k.
FREMM frigates offer accommodation for 200 crew and staff members, while guaranteeing a high degree of flexibility. They can also function in a wide range of scenarios and tactical situations.
The new vessels will help renew the Italian Navy’s Lupo-class frigate line, which has already been removed, as well as its Maestrale-class of vessels, which features various ships that have already been removed and others that are close to reaching their operational limit.
Both frigate classes were developed by Fincantieri in the 1970s.
Rizzo commenced its first sea trials from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in May last year.
The FREMM frigates will deliver presence and surveillance patrol services, in addition to conducting activities related to the monitoring of migration flows and shipping control. They will also be deployed for counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations.
The vessels' dual use capabilities are intended to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, including civil protection and support for cultural heritage.
Image: Italian Navy's FREMM frigate Rizzo. Photo: courtesy of Marina Militare.