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Monday, January 27, 2020 

The launch of the 'Emilio Bianchi', the tenth and last FREMM (Multi Mission European Frigate), has taken place at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard.

The 10 vessels were ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation programme under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l'Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).

After the launch, fitting-out will continue at the Muggiano (La Spezia) naval shipyard, with delivery scheduled for 2021. The Emilio Bianchi, like the other vessels, will feature a high degree of flexibility, capable of operating in all tactical situations. 144m long with a beam of 19.7m, the ship will have a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700t, and maximum speed of over 27 knots with accommodation for 200 crew.

The FREMM programme stems from the renewal need of the Italian Navy line Lupo (already removed) and Maestrale (some of them already decommissioned, the remaining close to the attainment of operational limit) class frigates, built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.

This cooperation applied positive experience gained in the previous Italo-French programme 'Orizzonte' which led to the construction for the Italian Navy of two frigates Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio.

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