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ITS Luigi Rizzo (F595)Italy

ITS Luigi Rizzo (F595) is the sixth Italian FREMM frigate and the second in GP (General Purpose) version.

The unit – built in the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso – was launched on 19 December 2015 and later transferred to Muggiano shipyard’s floating dock (La Spezia) for the completion of outfitting and sea acceptance trials.

Features distinguishing the FREMM GP from the ASW variant include a stern launching ramp for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), and a different armament: ITS Rizzo is equipped with Oto-Melara 127/64 LW gun with high precision munition guided Vulcano system with fully automated Ammunition Handling System. Special search capabilities and armaments enable this frigate to execute the whole range of missions assigned to the units of this class:

  • constabulary Role, including conduct of counter-terrorism and surveillance operations, fight against illegal trafficking, prevention and monitoring of illegal migration, protection of sea lines of communication and shipping;
  • support – land Operations, including escort for convoys or naval forces in transit, protection of naval forces and land sites and anti-aircraft defence;
  • fight against surface threats;
  • surveillance and intelligence activities;
  • power projection support, including coordination and control of ship-to shore manoeuvres, infiltration of special forces, and naval gun fire support.

The ship’s design has adopted innovation and flexibility concepts, which enable ITS Rizzo to be deployed for the conduct of missions of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (dual use function), thanks to the following capabilities:

  • telemedicine interventions;
  • helicopter evacuation of personnel;
  • drinking water supply;
  • hot meal preparation;
  • electric power delivery configuration.

ITS Rizzo – which was delivered to the Italian Navy on 20 April 2017 – is based in La Spezia within the First Naval Division (COMDINAV UNO).

Technical Data:

Class and type: FREMM Multi-role Frigate

Displacement : 6700 t.

Length: 144 m

Beam: 19,40 m

Draft: 8.6 m


  • Main Machinery: CODLAG One 32 MegaWatt gas turbine; Two 2.15 MegaWatt electric diesels.
  • Electrical equipment: Four 2.2 MegaWatt Isotta Fraschini Diesels.

Speed : 27 Kts


SAAM ESD with nr.16 box for ASTER 15 and ASTER 30 – TESEO Mk2A – OTO Melara 127/64 LW (VULCANO and traditional ammunition) calibre naval gun – OTO Melara 76/62 (DAVIDE ammunition) calibre naval gun – SCLAR-H AAW DLS – nr. 2 mm SRA 25/80 naval calibre gun – nr.2 triple-tupe launcher B515 for MU90 torpedoes

Aircraft carried: nr. 2 elicotteri SH90 or nr. 1 SH90 and nr. 1 EH101

ESPS Santa MariaSpain

ESPS Santa María (F81) is the lead ship of six Spanish-built Santa Maria-class frigates, based on the American Oliver Hazard Perry class design, of the Spanish Navy. She was built in Ferrol’s shipyard.

Laid down on 22 May 1982 and launched on 11 November 1984, the Santa María was commissioned into service on 12 October 1986, retrofitted and overhauled in 2011.

All of these Spanish frigates have the length of the later Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, and have a wider beam than the US Navy design, and therefore able to carry more top weight. Fin stabilizers were fitted.

This Spanish warship integrates a Seahawk helicopter, which will allow her to carry out a wide range of tasks, including maritime surveillance and reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, deployment and protection of boarding teams, among others.

Technical Data:

Class and type: Santa Maria-class frigate


2,851 long tons (2,897 t) light

3,610 long tons (3,668 t) standard

4,177 long tons (4,244 t) full load

Length: 138.8 m (455 ft 5 in)

Beam:   14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)

Draft:    8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)

Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) coupled to a single shaft and controllable-pitch propeller

Speed:  30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)+


OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun; Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launcher for Mark 46 torpedoes; Mk 13 Missile Launcher for RGM-84 Harpoon SSM and SM-1MR Block VIB SAM; 20 mm Meroka CIWS 12 barrel AA system

Aircraft carried: SH-60B  Seahawk LAMPS III helicopter

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