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Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri Launches LSS Atlante logistic support vessel for Italian Navy.

The bustling shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia witnessed an extraordinary event on May 18, 2024, as Fincantieri launched the LSS "Atlante," the second logistic support unit in the Italian Navy’s ambitious fleet renewal plan. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in maritime defense following the successful delivery of its sister ship, the Vulcano, in 2021.
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On May 18, 2024, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri launches the new logistic support vessel LSS Atlante for the Italian Navy. (Picture source Fincantieri)

The LSS Atlante is a logistic support unit for the fleet that includes hospital and medical capabilities. It can transport and transfer both liquid cargo (such as diesel oil, aviation fuel, and fresh water) and solid cargo (including spare parts, food, and ammunition) to other naval units, while also performing repair and maintenance operations at sea. The ship is equipped with defense systems that offer command and control capability in tactical scenarios, as well as communications and non-lethal deterrent defense systems. It can also support more complex defense systems and intelligence and electronic warfare equipment.

Weighing approximately 27,000 tonnes and measuring 193 meters in length, the LSS can reach speeds of about 20 knots. It can accommodate 235 crew members and specialists, and it is equipped for rescue operations at sea, including the recovery of vehicles and materials from both the surface and the seabed. Additionally, the ship serves as a base for rescue operations conducted by helicopters and special boats.

Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri, expressed his pride in the project, stating, "The Atlante represents a flagship of these 'well-proven' platforms, sought after internationally, and primarily signifies the history of Fincantieri and the strength of its workforce. With its military and civil expertise, the Castellammare shipyard stands and will remain at the heart of our industrial plan, with the goal of its further implementation. The Navy's defense spending means protecting borders, commerce, sea beds, deterrence, and offensive and defensive capabilities."

The ceremony was attended by prominent figures, including Chairman Claudio Graziano, General Manager Naval Vessels Division Dario Deste, and the Navy’s Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino. Also present were Joackim Sucker, Director of OCCAR, and Admiral Chief Inspector Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of the Naval Armaments Directorate - NAVARM.

Chairman Graziano highlighted the strategic importance of the new vessels, noting, "The new units have operational capabilities in various maritime sectors, from defending vital interests to Euro-Atlantic spaces. They play a crucial role in contributing to international security, a topic of great relevance when considering the geopolitical landscape."

The successful launch of the Atlante is a testament to the dedication and expertise of Fincantieri's workforce, who have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition. The logistic support ships are integral to enhancing the Navy's operational capabilities, ensuring the defense and safety of national and international waters.

As Fincantieri continues to lead in naval innovation and construction, the launch of the Atlante marks a proud moment for the company and the Italian Navy, promising a future of strengthened maritime defense and international security collaboration.

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