TRIESTE --- The launching ceremony of the bow section of the LSS logistic support unit “Vulcano”, took place today at the shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples), in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti. The vessel was ordered from Fincantieri as part of the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet.
Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs. Maria Teresa Piras, widow of the Italian Navy Lt. Emilio Attramini, a young Italian Navy officer who died in the 1977 air disaster at Monte Serra.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by the Undersecretary of State for Defence, Gioacchino Alfano, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Valter Girardelli, the Mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, Antonio Pannullo, and the Chairman of Fincantieri, Ambassador Giampiero Massolo.
The bow section launched today – it is 94 meters long, 24 meters wide, 16.3 meters high, weighing about 4.100 tons -- will be transported by sea to the shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), where it will be assembled with the stern section to form the complete vessel. The delivery of the LSS is scheduled for 2019.
The multi-year program for the renewal of the Italian Navy’s fleet foresees the construction, besides the LSS, of one transport and landing unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) – which will also be built in this shipyard, starting this summer for a launch scheduled for the summer 2019 - as well as seven Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ships (PPA), with other three in option.
The fundamental characteristic common to all three classes of ships is their high level of innovation, providing them with a considerable degree of efficiency and flexibility in serving different mission profiles. In particular, these are dual-use vessels, meaning that they can be used for both standard military purposes and those in favour of the community (as for example for civil protection). They also have a low environmental impact thanks to a state-of-the-art auxiliary propulsion system generating a low level of pollution emissions (electric engines).
The ship “Vulcano” will be classified by RINA pursuant to international conventions about prevention of pollution regarding the more traditional aspects, like the ones of the MARPOL Convention, as well as those not yet mandatory, as the Hong Kong Convention about ship recycling.
Vessel’s characteristics - LSS – Logistic Support Ship
The LSS is a ship that provides logistics support to the fleet. It is fitted with hospital and healthcare capabilities thanks to a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office and hospital rooms capable of hosting up to 12 seriously injured patients.
The ship is also capable of transporting and transferring to other ships both liquids (diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water) and dry goods (emergency spare parts, food and ammunition) and can perform at-sea repairs and maintenance work on other vessels. Its defense systems are limited to command and control in tactical scenarios, communications and non-lethal deterrent defense systems.
The vessel is also capable of embarking more complex defense systems, and operating as an intelligence and electronic warfare platform.
--165 meters long
--speed of 20 knots
--200 persons including crew and specialists
--4 replenishment station abeam and 1 astern
--Capacity to supply drinking water to land
--Capacity to provide electricity to land with 2500 kw of power
--Possibility of embarking up to 8 residential and healthcare modules
--Capacity to perform rescues at sea, through recovery and seabed operations (the ship is equipped with a 30-tonne offshore stabilized crane)
--base for rescue operations for helicopters and special vessels