Fincantieri cuts steel for French Navy’s logistics support ships

The steel cutting of the first of four forward sections for as many logistic support units LSS (Logistic Support Ship) ordered by Chantiers de l’Atlantique to Fincantieri under the FLOTLOG program (“Flotte logistique”) took place at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard.

The sections will be built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard with deliveries scheduled between 2021 and 2027.

Vulcano A5335 Italian Navy's Vulcano Logistic Support Ship Starts Sea Trials 1
Vulcano A5335 (Italian Navy) starting sea trials. OCCAR picture by Giorgio Arra.

The FLOTLOG program consists in the construction of four Logistic Support Ships (LSS), destined to the French Navy, by the temporary consortium between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group under the Franco-Italian LSS Program led by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) on behalf of DGA, the French Armament General Directorate, and its Italian counterpart, NAVARM.

This cooperation between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Fincantieri is part of the broader Franco-Italian alliance  in the naval surface ship domain.

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The highly innovative LSS program, similarly to the units of the multi-year program for the renewal of the Italian Navy’s fleet, provides a considerable degree of efficiency and flexibility in serving different mission profiles. Furthermore, the LSS unit combines features of transportation and transfer to other vessels of both liquid (diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water) and solid loads (emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions).

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