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DIMDEX 2024: Italian Navy's FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo.

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At the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2024, the Italian Navy presented the Federico Martinengo (F 596), a Carlo Bergamini-class frigate developed from the FREMM multipurpose frigate program.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Carlo Bergamini-class frigate Federico Martinengo at Hamad port. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

This class was designed to replace the older Maestrale and Lupo-class frigates within the Italian Navy, incorporating both anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and general-purpose (GP) variants.

The Italian government, aiming to enhance its naval capabilities, approved the construction of ten FREMM-IT frigates – four ASW and six GP variants, with a budget of €5.9 billion.

The Federico Martinengo, launched at the Fincantieri yard in Riva Trigoso on 4 March 2017, was commissioned on 24 April 2018. This vessel encountered an incident on 9 May 2019 when it collided with Sofia Fabio off the western coast of Sicily. Additionally, on 7 March 2020, it successfully conducted an Aster missile firing test.

Technical specifications of the Federico Martinengo include a displacement of 6,700 tons, a length of 144.6 ft (44.1 m), and a beam of 19.7 ft (6.0 m). The frigate is propelled by a CODLAG system, featuring a 32 MW gas turbine, electric motors, diesel generators, and can reach speeds up to 27 knots. Its operational range is 6,800 nautical miles at 15 knots, with a complement of 199 personnel.

Equipped with Leonardo Kronos Grand Naval AESA radar, CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar, UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar, and other advanced sensors, the Federico Martinengo's armament includes 16-cell MBDA SYLVER A50 VLS for Aster missiles, various guns, and anti-ship missiles. It also has the capability to carry two SH90 or one AW101 helicopter, facilitated by its double hangar.

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