Fincantieri has launched the new Federico Martinengo frégate européen multi-mission (FREMM) frigate for the Italian Navy at its Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

Federico Martinengo is the seventh of the ten frigates Fincantieri is currently building for the navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation programme.

The programme is being overseen by Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organisation for cooperation on arms (OCCAR).

Fincantieri will now carry out the fitting activities in the integrated naval shipyard of Muggiano in La Spezia, Italy following the vessel's launch.

The 144m-long multipurpose frigate is slated for delivery early next year, and features a beam of 19.7m. It will have a full load displacement capability of approximately 6,700t.

"The 144m-long multipurpose frigate is slated for delivery early next year and will have a full load displacement capability of approximately 6,700t."

The FREMM vessels were developed to replace the Maestrale and Lupo-class vessels, and also feature a high degree of flexibility and have the capability of operating in every tactical situation.

Federico Martinengo will be capable of a maximum speed above 27k, and will be able to offer accommodation for 200 crew members.

The Italian Navy previously took delivery of the Carlo Bergamini and Virginio Fasan FREMM vessels in 2013, the Carlo Margottini in 2014, the Carabiniere in 2015 and the Alpino in 2016.

The ninth and tenth vessels are scheduled for delivery after 2020 under the Italian programme.

Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49% Finmeccanica) acts as the prime contractor for Italy in the initiative, while Armaris (DCNS + Thales) is the prime contractor for France.