Italian Navy’s eighth FREMM frigate takes to sea

Photo: OCCAR

The Italian Navy’s FREMM frigate Antonio Marceglia has been taken to sea in the Gulf of La Spezia for the first time, Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) said. 

During its first time at sea on June 19, 2018, several platform and combat system elements installed onboard were set up, turned on and tested successfully, according to OCCAR.

Built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the frigate was launched at Riva Trigoso shipyard in February 2018.

Antonio Marceglia is the eight of the navy’s ten FREMM frigates built under the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program coordinated by OCCAR. The program includes the construction of a total of eighteen ships for both navies.

With a full-load displacement of 6,900 tons, the frigates feature a length of 144 meters and a breadth of 19.7 meters.

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