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FINCANTIERI LAUNCHES HELICOPTER SUPPORT SHIP FOR ITALIAN NAVY

Monday, May 27, 2019 

Launching of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) 'Trieste' has taken place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy.

The multipurpose amphibious vessel has been designed as a flexible, multi-purpose, modular unit with a low environmental impact. It is a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles and equipment, relying on a flight deck and a floodable basin located on the stern of the ship. The new unit will be delivered in 2022.

Trieste will be classified by RINA Services in accordance with the IMO conventtions, including the 'Green Passport' concept. It is 214m long with a maximum speed of 25 knots. It will be equipped with a COmbined Diesel eLectric Or Gas (CODLOG) propulsion system and an additional electric propulsion system to be used for low speed sailing, in line with the Italian Navy’s environmental policy.

The new LHD will feature a 230m long helicopter flight deck, allowing the operation of a battalion consisting of 600 personnel, and a dock-garage for 1,200 linear metres of wheeled and tracked vehicles, both civilian and military. The floodable dock - 50m long and 15m wide - will enable the ship to deploy technically advanced amphibious equipment and vehicles of EU and NATO Navies.

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