The Italian FREMM frigate “Spartaco Schergat” successfully passed its First Sea Going Review on 9 May, 2024 and subsequently had its First Sea Going in the Gulf of La Spezia on 16 May, 2024. It is the 9th Italian FREMM frigate and the 1st in the enhanced configuration.

For the First Sea Going Review, Industry, OCCAR FREMM Programme Division staff and national authority representatives met to verify that all the contractual conditions are in satisfactory order to allow the ships and their crew to sea going safely. This phase is called First Sea Going Review.

An important milestone in the delivery process of a military ship is the so called “First Sea Going”. This step certifies the starting of a set of contractual trials in order to verify the operational requirements meeting and set up the equipment and systems on-board before delivering the vessel to the national Navy (official acceptance).

This objective marks another important milestone towards the delivery of the ship to the Italian Navy, planned to take place during April 2025.

According to current plans, the “Spartaco Schergat” will complete her sea trials by January 2025.

The FREMM Programme for Italy is currently planning the launch of the 10th Italian FREMM ship, the ITS Bianchi, on 25 May 2024.

In July 2024, a new contract for the delivery of an additional two FREMM ships in “Evolution” configuration is expected to be signed.