Following the launch of the “Carlo Bergamini” last July, today Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate “Virginio Fasan”, which is due for delivery at the end of 2012. The vessel is the second of a series of Fremm vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates - which were ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation.
Godmother to the ship was Mrs Gina Fasan, daughter of
the officer Virginio Fasan. The frigate was named in honour of the 3rd Class
Chief Mechanic of the Navy who drowned in the waters of Asinara on 9 September
1943 on board the destroyer “Vivaldi". Virginio Fasan took part in all the war
operations carried out by the vessel and was awarded a silver medal for his
service in the waters of Pantelleria in June 1942.
Present at the
ceremony were, Gianluigi Magri, Undersecretary for Defence, Vice Admiral Luigi
Binelli Mantelli, Commander in Chief of the Navy, Giuseppe Bono, CEO of
Fincantieri and Corrado Antonini, Chairman of Fincantieri.
The vessel, which
will be delivered in mid 2013, will feature a high degree of flexibility,
capable of operating in all tactical situations. 139 metres long with a beam of
19.7 metres, the ship will have a displacement at full load of approximately
5,900 tonnes. The “Virginio Fasan” will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots
and will provide accommodation for a crew of 145.
The ships in the FREMM
program constitute state of the art vessels of European and Italian defence in
the Mediterranean and will replace the “Lupo” and “Maestrale” class frigates
built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.
Participating in the initiative as prime
contractor for Italy is Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49%
Finmeccanica) and, as prime contractor for France, Armaris (DCNS + Thales).
The cooperation has drawn on the highly positive experience of the
previous Italo-French program “Orizzonte” under which two frigates were built
for the Italian Navy, the ”Andrea Doria” and the “Caio Duilio”.