On May 17, ITS Luigi Rizzo cast off at 7.20 a.m. from Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) for her first sea outing. This activity marks the beginning of the programme of sea trials which will continue until the completion of the ship’s outfitting phase. The FREMM frigate is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy in early 2017.
The ship had on board Vice-Admiral Donato Marzano, Italian Navy Logistic Commander and Chairman of the Naval Ship Acceptance Commission, personnel from Marinalles New Ships Outfitting and Testing Navy Centre, representatives from technical organisations involved in testing activities, and some of future crew members.
ITS Luigi Rizzo – the sixth new-generation frigate commissioned by the Italian Navy within the framework of the FREMM (European Multimission Frigate) Italo-French Programme, and second in General Purpose (GP) version – is characterised by high flexibility and is designed to cover a variety of operational deployments. Laid down on March 5 2013, it was launched on December 19 2015 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genoa).
Thanks to their command and control capabilities and logistic autonomy, FREMM frigates will be able to provide patrol service (presence and surveillance) and to conduct activities related to monitoring of migration flows and shipping control, as well as counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations. Moreover, their prominent dual use capabilities will allow for their deployment on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, including civil protection and support for cultural heritage.
|Length overall||472.4 feet/144 m|
|Width||64.6 feet/19.7 m|
|Depth (main deck)||37 feet/11.3 m|
|Maximum speed||27 knots/31 mph/50 km/h|
|Accommodation||Up to 200 men and women|
|CODLAG PROPULSION SYSTEM|
|Avio-GE LM2500+G4||32 MW|
|Electric propulsion motors||2 × 2,5 MW|
|Diesel Generator (DG) sets||4 × 2,1 MW|
|Propellers||2 × Controllable-Pitch Propeller (CPP)|
|Range at 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h||6,000 NM/6,905 miles/11,112 km|
|Anti-Air Warfare (AAW)/ Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Capabilities|
|Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Defence|
|Electronic Warfare (EW) Capabilities|