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Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has launched the tenth multipurpose frigate Emilio Bianchi


On January 25, 2020, Italian Shipbuilding Company Fincantieri has officially launched the "Emilio Bianchi" frigate, the tenth and last FREMM vessel – Multi Mission European Frigates at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso (Genoa) in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini.


Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has launched the tenth multipurpose frigate Emilio Bianchi 925 001 The Emilio Bianchi vessel, like the other units, is 144 meters long with a beam of 19.7 meters. The vessel will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots and will provide accommodation for a 200-person crew. (Picture source Fincantieri)


The 10 vessels have been commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l'Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).

For Fincantieri the President Giampiero Massolo welcome, on behalf of the Chief of Defence, General Enzo Vecciarelli, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, the Governor of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti, in addition to a number of authorities.

After the launching, fitting activities will continue in the Integrated naval shipyard of Muggiano (La Spezia), with delivery scheduled in 2021. The "Emilio Bianchi" vessel, like the other units, will feature a high degree of flexibility, capable of operating in all tactical situations. 144 meters long with a beam of 19.7 meters, the ship will have a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tonnes. The vessel will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots and will have maximum accommodation capacity for a 200-person crew.

The FREMM program, representing the European and Italian defense state of the art, stems from the renewal need of the Italian Navy line "Lupo" (already removed) and "Maestrale" (some of them already decommissioned, the remaining close to the attainment of operational limit) class frigates, both built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.

The vessels "Carlo Bergamini" and "Virginio Fasan" have been delivered in 2013, the "Carlo Margottini" in 2014, the "Carabiniere" in 2015, the "Alpino" in 2016, the "Luigi Rizzo" in 2017, the "Federico Martinengo" in 2018, and the "Antonio Marceglia" in 2019. The Italian program has been fully implemented with the option exercised in April 2015, regarding the construction of the ninth and tenth vessel, whose delivery is scheduled after 2020. Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49% Leonardo) acts as prime contractor for Italy in the initiative, while Armaris (Naval Group + Thales) is the prime contractor for France.

This cooperation has applied the positive experience gained in the previous Italo-French program "Orizzonte" that has led to the construction for the Italian Navy of the two frigates "Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

The FREMM ("European multi-purpose frigate"; French: Frégate européenne multi-mission; Italian: Fregata Europea multi-missione) is a class of multi-purpose frigates designed by Naval Group and Fincantieri for the navies of France and Italy.

The FREEM frigates of the Italian Navy are armed with the SAAM Aster 15 missile system for air-defense capability and also Teseo Mk2 (export version – Otomat Mk2) sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, both supplied by MBDA.

Teseo Mk2 uses command-updated inertial guidance and has a range of up to 55km. Two DCNS Sylver A43 vertical-launch systems are fitted to each ship.

Frigates are equipped with MBDA’s Milas all-weather anti-submarine warfare weapon system. Milas, a derivative of Otomat Mk2, carries and releases a lightweight torpedo such as an MU-90 close to the designated hostile submarine. The submarine’s position is indicated by the ship’s sonar or by other assets such as an ASW helicopter or maritime patrol aircraft.