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Italy Issues $1.2B Contract for New Big Deck Amphib

An artist's concept of a future Italian LHD. Italian Navy Image

An artist’s concept of a future Italian LHD. Italian Navy Image

The Italian Navy has issued a contract for a big deck amphibious warship in a $1.1 billion ship deal announced last week.

The 22,000-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) will feature a welldeck for amphibious landing craft, takeoff and landing spots for five helicopters and room for up to 1,000 personnel, according to an April report from Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Range for the LHD will be about 7,000 nautical miles and with a top speed of 24 knots.

Delivery of the LHD is scheduled for 2022, according to a release from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Finmeccanica.

“The total value of the contract is over 1.1 billion euros, with Fincantieri’s share amounting to approx. 853 million euros and Finmeccanica’s to about 273 million euros,” read the release.

The deal is part an almost $6 billion refresh of the Italian surface fleet that also includes the new patrol ships, logistics ships and vessels for special operations forces (SOF).

“In particular, these are dual use vessels, meaning that they may be used for both standard military purposes and for civil protection and rescue at sea operations,” according to the release.

An artist's concept of a proposed PPA. Italian Navy Image

An artist’s concept of a proposed PPA. Italian Navy Image

In May, Fincantieri and Finmeccanica were awarded a $3.9 billion contract for six Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura (PPA) 4,500-ton multirole patrol ships. The contract included an option for four more.

The Italian government approved the fleet refresh last year to replace its aging surface combatant force.

“According to Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi, the Italian Navy’s chief of staff, the fleet today consists of around 60 ships, with an average of 20 available due to recent challenges in maintenance and procurement,” wrote Jane’s.
“Of these 60 ships, more than 50 are scheduled to be retired within the next decade, to be replaced by around 30 multirole platforms.”

  • Looks like the Italians are going for the smallest LHD on the block.

    • Rob C.

      Ugly one too. I don’t think that going be as functional as they think it will be. There better off doing repeat of their carrier over that thing.

      • I guess for the Italians, they are not big on deployments overseas

    • Secundius

      @ Nicky.

      It closely resembles the Japanese Carrier/Destroyer concept…

      • From what it looks like, the Italians are building the smaller LHD

        • Secundius

          @ Nicky.

          A Rapid Reactionary Force, with Vertical Capabilities. Crew is ~300 with an accompaniment Reinforced Battalion of ~700…

          • I would not be surprise if countries are getting in on the LHD game.

  • Hey Italy got a deal for you. France has two ship’s never used, only driven on sea trials…they are a steal, two ships maybe for the price of 1.5 ships. Previous buyer not a nice guy. Let’s make a deal. MMCS(SW)(SS) USN Ret.

  • Navyjag907

    Don’t they operate destroyers or frigates anymore? And what’s with the Red Crosses? Putting those on a warship is a no-no? At least it was when I served on MERCY (T-AH-19).

    • USNVO

      I think it is an artist concept showing where they can carry ISO20 Containers that could carry humanitarian supplies, for instance, not an actual planned paint scheme.

      • Navyjag907

        Thanks. That makes sense. Otherwise, it’s a floating violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    • Secundius

      @ Navyjag907.

      It still is. Its an artist Concept Drawing for Showing Usable Deck Storage Space. All other Concept Drawing’s, DON’T show Red Cross TEU20 or TEU40 Containers…

  • old guy

    You left out the jump deck. Only the USN builds amphibs without them. I’m beginning to think that USN stands for Useless Navy Ships.

    • Secundius

      @ old guy.

      I tend to agree with you on this. I don’t see, the Reluctance in installing a Ski-Jump on our Flat-Top Gator-Freighters. I sometimes wonder what the outcome would have been if Doolittle had this Option available to him a the time…

      • old guy

        Did a little quick calculation. Assuming !0 MPH lower ramp tip speed, Range increase 88 miles, 5MPH tip speed, 77 miles, full T.O. speed,70 miles. Assumes full T.O. speed of first 2 cases, reached by drop after leaving tip.

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