Deployed Assets

F 590 ITS Carlo Bergamini

The FREMM program is a joint Italian-French Defense industrial co-operation project for a new generation of frigates, having a common baseline, but differing from one country to the other as a function of different operational requirements. The frigates for the Italian Navy are built at the Fincantieri’s integrated naval shipyard of Riva Trigoso-Muggiano. The ships have a full load displacement of about 6,500 tons, an overall length of about 144 metres and a top speed exceeding 27 knots. 

Vessels’ endurance is up to 45 continuous days, while their range is 6,000 NM at 15 knots. They are able to perform the role of CTG (Commander Task Group). The ships are designed and built following RINAMIL rules. The propulsion plant has a CODLAG configuration featuring one gas turbine, two reversible type electrical motors, C.P. propellers and four diesel generating sets. Both versions (GP and ASW) are fitted with a hull mounted sonar. The ASW version is also fitted with a towed sonar and embarks two 76/62 mm Strales guns. The GP version is equipped with 2 large RHIBs and a 127/64 mm Vulcano gun instead of fore 76 mm one. Both versions have two hangars for two helicopters, either two SH90 or one SH90+one EH101.

ESPS Canarias

ESPS CANARIAS is the sixth frigate of the 41st Escorts Squadron; she was built by Navantia in Ferrol, and delivered to the Navy in December 1994.

ESPS CANARIAS home port is Rota Naval Base in the south of Spain.  

ESPS CANARIAS is fitted with a helicopter SH-60 and Marine Boarding Team that completes her capabilities and ensures she is capable of conducting the missions and tasks assigned by EUNAVFOR MED.

The Santa Maria Class is a multirole warship able to carry out missions ranging from high intensity warfare integrated into a battle group and conducting offensive and defensive operations, to low intensity scenarios against non-conventional threats.  Designed primarily to act in the interests of the State in the maritime areas overseas and participate in the settlement crises outside Europe, this leading warship can also be integrated into a naval air force. It may operate in support of an intervention force or protection of commercial traffic and perform special operations or humanitarian missions. 

Displacing 4,177 tonnes full load, the ESPS Canarias is 138.8 meters long and with its 2 gas turbines, performing 41,000 hp, she reaches up to 30 knots top speed.


ITS Virginio FASAN (F591) is the second Italian Navy ship of the FREMM program and the first one in “Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)” configuration. It was launched on 31 March 2012 and commissioned on 19 December 2013. ITS FASAN was named after Virginio Fasan, Senior Chief Petty Officer Mechanic, who was a World War II Gold Medal for Military Valor in Memory.

As regards the specific Anti-Submarine function, in addition to the hull sonar systems common with the General Purpose (GP) version, ITS FASAN embarks a complex Integrated Sonar Suite (ISS) including the low frequency VDS (Variable Depth Sonar), Thales 4249, towed at variable depth with independent systems in transmission and reception. VDS consists of a transducer (Towed Body, TB) and a hydrophone curtain (Towed Array, TA). In addition, ITS FASAN is fitted with multi-beam bathymetric sonar called PES (Panoramic Echo Sounder).

Other embarked weapon systems as follows:

  • SAAM-ESD (Surface Anti Air Missile-Extended Self Defense) anti-aircraft missile system with ASTER 15 and ASTER 30 missiles;
  • TESEO launch system equipped with 4 anti-ship missiles and MILAS system (Torpedo Launcher Missile) equipped with 4 MILAS;
  • Nr. 2 SCGS (Small Caliber Gun System) 76/62 mm (nr.1 fore and nr.1 aft);
  • Nr. 2 B515 torpedo launchers for MU90 light torpedo;
  • Nr. 2 105 mm SCLAR-H rocket launchers;
  • TSDS (Torpedo Ship Defense System) anti-torpedo system with 2 countermeasures launch systems (decoy and jammer) and anti-torpedo curtain;
  • Nr. 2 KBA 25/80 mm machine guns.

ITS FASAN is assigned to Operation ATALANTA for the second time in her operational life having already served under EUNAVFOR SOMALIA Chain of Command between July and December 2017.