Fincantieri shipbuilding group launched the Italian Navy’s new logistic support ship (LSS), Vulcano (A 5335), at its Muggiano shipyard near La Spezia on 22 June.
Fincantieri has built the LSS under a contract awarded by European defence procurement organisation OCCAR in May 2015 on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence. The ship was built in three main hull and superstructure sections at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (bow section) and Riva Trigoso (central and stern sections) shipyards. These were then consolidated at Muggiano shipyard’s floating dock.
Outfitting will continue until December this year, when the ship will begin platform and combat system acceptance trials ahead of a planned delivery in September 2019.
Displacing 27,200 tonnes at full load, Vulcano has an overall length of 192.2 m and a beam of 24 m beam. The ship’s centre hull section has been lengthened by 11.2 m to increase space for embarked personnel supporting expeditionary missions; this reflects recent operational experience.
Classed to RINA standards, the double-hulled ship has been designed to support both abeam replenishment at sea (RAS) while underway, and vertical replenishment using up to two embarked EH101 helicopters. The ship can accommodate 235 personnel and is equipped with an enhanced NATO Role 2 medical facility. In the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) role, it will be able to provide fresh water and electric power to people ashore.
The LSS is equipped with four refuelling stations (two each side) for liquids, two stations (one per side) for heavy load transfer, two stations (one on each side) for light material and one aft refuelling station (for fuel only). Canada’s Hepburn Engineering will provide the RAS package.
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