First steel has been cut at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard for the first of four forward sections for as many Logistic Support Ships (LSS) ordered by Chantiers de l’Atlantique to Fincantieri under the FLOTLOG program (Flotte logistique).
The sections will be built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard with deliveries scheduled between 2021 and 2027.
The FLOTLOG program consists in the construction of four Logistic Support Ships (LSS), destined to the French Navy, by the temporary consortium between shipbuilders Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group under the Franco-Italian LSS Program led by OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation) on behalf of DGA, the French Armament General Directorate, and its Italian counterpart, NAVARM.
This cooperation between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Fincantieri is part of the broader Franco-Italian alliance in naval shipbuilding.
The LSS program vessels, much like the units of the multi-year program for the renewal of the Italian Navy’s fleet, provide a considerable degree of efficiency and flexibility in serving different mission profiles.
Furthermore, the LSS unit combines features of transportation and transfer to other vessels of liquid loads such as diesel fuel, jet fuel and fresh water, as well as emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions.