The FREMM program is a joint Italian-French Defense industrial co-operation project for a new generation of frigates, having a common baseline, but differing from one country to the other as a function of different operational requirements. The frigates for the Italian Navy are built at the Fincantieri’s integrated naval shipyard of Riva Trigoso-Muggiano. The ships have a full load displacement of about 6,500 tons, an overall length of about 144 metres and a top speed exceeding 27 knots.
Vessels’ endurance is up to 45 continuous days, while their range is 6,000 NM at 15 knots. They are able to perform the role of CTG (Commander Task Group). The ships are designed and built following RINAMIL rules. The propulsion plant has a CODLAG configuration featuring one gas turbine, two reversible type electrical motors, C.P. propellers and four diesel generating sets. Both versions (GP and ASW) are fitted with a hull mounted sonar. The ASW version is also fitted with a towed sonar and embarks two 76/62 mm Strales guns. The GP version is equipped with 2 large RHIBs and a 127/64 mm Vulcano gun instead of fore 76 mm one. Both versions have two hangars for two helicopters, either two SH90 or one SH90+one EH101.