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Monday, June 29, 2020 

Construction has begun with the cutting of steel for the forward sections of four logistic support ships (LSS) ordered from Fincantieri by Chantiers de l’Atlantique under the FLOTLOG programme at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard in Italy.

The FLOTLOG (Flotte logistique) programme involves construction of four LSS for the French Navy, by the temporary consortium between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group under the Franco-Italian LSS Program led by OCCAR (Organisation 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 the naval surface ship domain.

The sections will be built at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard with deliveries scheduled between 2021 and 2027. The innovative French LSS vessels are broadly similarly to those destined for the Italian Navy, under its fleet renewal programme. They are designed for efficiency and flexibility in serving different mission profiles.

The LSS combines transportation and transfer to other vessels of both liquid (diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water) and solid loads (emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions).

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