The eighth FREMM ship for the Italian Navy has been laid down at the Riva Trigoso shipyard, OCCAR has announced. The new ship will be in the general purpose (GP) configuration.
The FREMM will be delivered to the navy at the beginning of 2019. The other Italian FREMM ships are under various production stages. The Fasan in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration and the Bergamini in GP configuration are already in operation. The Margottini and Carabiniere, both in ASW configuration, are in the warranty works period up to the end of July 2015.
The ASW-configuration Alpino was launched in December 2014 and the GP-configured Rizzo will launch in December 2015. The seventh FREMM is currently under construction.
The OCCAR FREMM joint initiative programme will continue to run beyond 2020, with Italy having placed an order for the last two FREMM frigates in April 2015.