The Italian Navy has held the launch ceremony for the bow section of the LSS logistic support unit Vulcano at shipbuilding company Fincantieri's shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples.

The Vulcano LSS unit order was placed to Fincantieri under the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal plan. Its new bow section features a length of 94m, a width of 24m and a height of16.3m, and weighs approximately 4,100t.

It will be transported by sea to the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy, where it will be assembled to set up the entire unit with the stern section.

The Vulcano LSS vessel is slated for delivery in 2019, and will be classified by Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) pursuant international conventions regarding the prevention of pollution.

"The 165m-long LSS will offer logistical support to the fleet, and is set to be equipped with hospital and healthcare capabilities that include a fully equipped hospital."

The 165m-long LSS will offer logistical support to the fleet, and is set to be equipped with hospital and healthcare capabilities that include a fully equipped hospital with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, as well as hospital rooms that can accommodate up to 12 seriously injured patients.

It will also be capable of combining capacity in order to transport and transfer liquids such as diesel fuel, jet fuel and fresh water, in addition to solids such as emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions, to other carrier vessels.

The ship can also carry out sea repairs and maintenance work for other vessels.

The multi-year programme for the renewal of the Italian Navy’s fleet also envisages the construction of one transport and landing unit (Landing Helicopter Dock, or LHD) as well as seven multipurpose offshore patrol ships (PPA) with an option for a further three units of the same kind.