Fincantieri Launches LHD Trieste

May 25, 2019 – The launching ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) “Trieste” took place today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, welcomed by Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono. This multirole and multipurpose amphibious vessel has been designed since the beginning as a flexible, multi-purpose by design, modular unit with a low environmental impact. It is a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles…

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Sixth Fleet Commander Visits FS Charles de Gaulle

March 8, 2019 – The U.S. 6th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, at the invitation the operational commander for the Mediterranean, Vice Adm. Charles-Henri du Ché, visited the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle March 7 as the ship and its carrier strike group (CSG) began its long-planned deployment. While on board, Franchetti toured the ship, observed flight operations, and received a presentation on the integration of U.S. and partner forces with the French CSG during the Charles de Gaulle’s major naval deployment. “I greatly appreciate Vice Adm.…

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Dstl tests NATO’s War of Words

January 17, 2019 – Specialists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) tested NATO’s strategic communications during Exercise Trident Juncture. The biggest NATO exercise since 2015 saw around 50,000 troops deploy to Norway and Iceland for the three-month-long training, with Dstl spending five weeks on the exercise. Dstl worked with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, the Joint Warfare Centre and Supreme Allied Command Transformation to deliver an assessment of the tools NATO used for public engagement around the exercise. Results revealed better public engagement, as well as the development of…

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Chinese frigate Binzhou makes technical stop in Italy

The guided-missile frigate Binzhou (Hull 515) of the 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived in the Port of Naples, Italy, on July 11, for a three-day technical stop after the completion of its “Kiel Week” visit in Germany and participation in the Centenary Celebration of the Polish Navy in Poland. At 13:00 local time, accompanied by the performance of Carabinieri Band of Italy, the frigate Binzhou slowly pulled into the Port of Naples. The Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Ruiyu and his wife, along with the staff of the embassy…

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FDRMC Naples and Partners Conduct Voyage Repair on USS Farragut

When USS Farragut (DDG 99) suffered an engineering casualty in the North Atlantic, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Naples, Italy teamed with U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center in Sigonella, Italy and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) to conduct a voyage repair on the guided missile destroyer in Bergen, Norway. Farragut was on deployment as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group in support of Operation Titanium Citadel, when a Gas Turbine Generator cooling fan failure required an unscheduled replacement. The complex repair job…

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VP-16 Completes Deployment to US 6th Fleet

The “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 began their transition back to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in early October after a successful seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, attached to Commander, Task Force 67. While the squadron primarily operated out of Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, VP-16 also supported 43 detachments across 15 countries including Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Ukraine. VP-16 worked to improve interoperability with NATO allies and deter aggression across the AOO, as well as…

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Bow Section of Future ITS Vulcano Launched

April 10, 2017 – 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 unit was ordered to Fincantieri within the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet. Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs. Maria Teresa Piras, widow of the vessel tenant Emilio Attramini, young Italian Navy Officer, who died in 1977 in the air disaster of the Monte Serra. The ceremony was…

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