The keel laying ceremony of the second Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Atlante for the Italian Navy, within a programme including a third ship, took place on June 28 at the Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard.
The unit, built in Castellammare di Stabia, will be delivered in 2025.
The value of the contract is approx. 410 million euros including the combat system.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Vice Admiral Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of Naval Armaments – NAVARM, and C.A. Lorenzo Poliseno, OCCAR LSS Programme Manager, welcomed by Mauro Leboffe and Francesco Lubrano, respectively Senior Vice President Operations of the Naval Vessels Division and Director of the Castellammare Shipyard for Fincantieri.
As part of the multi-year programme aimed at safeguarding Italy’s Defence at-sea capacity (known as the “Naval Act”), Fincantieri is currently building seven multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (PPA) and the Trieste Landing Helicopter Dock.
In 2021 the Group delivered the Vulcano LSS, a vessel partially built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, a project also acquired by the French Navy for the definition of the Flotlog programme, a series of units built in partnership with the same shipyard.
The basic characteristic common to all three classes of the Italian ships is their very high level of innovation, which makes them extremely flexible in their various profiles of use with a high degree of efficiency.
Most importantly, it will be possible to use these units in a complementary way even for non-military-related activities, such as, for example, supporting civil protection in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Moreover, their environmental impact is low, thanks to advanced low pollution emission generators and electric-drive propulsion motors and biological waste control systems. –fincantieri/adj/mhi (Pix: Fincantieri)