Fincantieri Opens Office in Australia While Italian Navy FREMM Will Deploy in Support of SEA5000

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Fincantieri Opens Office in Australia While Italian Navy FREMM Carabiniere Will Deploy in Support of SEA5000 Bid
Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and short-listed by the Australian Government to bid to design and build nine, new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has established its local company, Fincantieri Australia, and will open a new Australian headquarters in Canberra soon.
SEA5000 CEAFAR2 CEA Radar Fincantieri FREMM PACIFIC 2015Fincantieri SEA5000 proposal is based on the Italian Navy FREMM ASW design
Mr Dario Deste has been designated Chairman of Fincantieri Australia and he will be supported by former Rear Admiral, Mr Mark Purcell (biographical notes of both below).

Mr Deste said Fincantieri Australia will now manage the important phase of the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process for the SEA 5000 Future Frigates programme.

“Fincantieri’s commitment to this project will be total and we will deploy all of the company’s strengths as a market leader. The FREMM Frigate we are offering is an absolute cutting-edge product.

The company will engage with Government, businesses involved in the Australian shipbuilding industry and the supply chain, and other key players with a stake in the construction of the frigates in Adelaide, South Australia.

Fincantieri Australia will be resourced with senior technical and other personnel recruited locally in Australia and drawn from Fincantieri’s global network of naval ship building executives.

We are very happy with the team assembled so far and all of the people who will take part in with the team assembled so far and all of the people who will take part in bidding for this significant naval project will have an important role.

I make particular mention of former Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, who has joined the team and whose experience will certainly be a very significant point of strength for Fincantieri”,
Mr Deste said.
Video: Our tour aboard FREMM Carabiniere during DIMDEX 2015
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Meanwhile the Italian Navy announced on December 16th that the FREMM Frigate Carabiniere will set sail for a four-month cruise to South East Asia and Australia. The FREMM will leave La Spezia on December 20th. The vessel will help support Fincantieri and Italy's bid in the SEA5000 program. Other Italian companies such as Leonaro, MBDA Italy and Elettronica are also involved in this deployment. Carabiniere is the fourth unit of the FREMM program (Frigate European Multi-Mission) and the third version of the ASW variant (Fasan-class). It was launched March 29, 2014 in Riva Trigoso.

9 new frigates will be procured as part of the SEA5000 program which calls for the replacement of the RAN ANZAC class frigates. The Future frigate-class is expected to have anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities and the CEAFAR2 radar currently in development by CEA. In addition to Fincantieri, BAE Systems (with the Type 26) and Navantia (with a derivative of the Hobart-class AWD) were shortlisted in April this year..

During an industry meeting at PACIFIC 2015, Fincantieri unveiled the design of its proposal for the SEA5000 Future Frigate program. Based on the Italian Navy FREMM ASW (Virginio Fasan class), Fincantieri says it recently conducted feasibility studies to proof the possibility to use its FREMM platform to cope with different Navy requirements (including Canada and Australia). The Italian FREMM "can easily accommodate the CEAFAR2 [ed. note Fincantieri presentation mentionned the CEA PAR system]; weigh, CVG, electrical power consumption and fluidic requirements are aligned with the platform capabilities, without the necessity of major modifications". Finally, Fincantieri says it can easily install the SAAB CMS on board.

Fincantieri SEA5000 proposal basic specifications:
Original design: ASW FREMM (Virginio Fasan class)
Length: 144 m
Max beam: 19.4 m
Displacement: 6,700 t
Accommodation: 167 (up to 200 for RAN)