EU Naval Force - Somalia
Operation ATALANTA


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Ship Carabiniere is the fourth Unit of the Italian-French FREMM program (European Multi Mission Frigate) and the third in its class in the anti-submarine version (FREMM ASW). It was launched on March 29, 2014 at the Riva Trigoso (GE) shipyard with the Road Away system, a method that consists of placing it on a floating dock through the use of self-propelled carts.

Distinguished by the F 593 optical badge, according to NATO classification, the unit was delivered to the Navy on April 28, 2015.

The Carabiniere ship a new generation frigate characterized by the possibility of use in different operational contexts. Its discovery and armament capabilities make it suitable for the following tasks:

  • surveillance operations and prohibition of illicit trafficking, prevention and control of illegal immigration;
  • Specific Maritime Control activities and, in particular, protection of Maritime Communication Lines (SLOC) and maritime interdiction operations (MIO);
  • contrast with the threat of hostile navigation, in particular with regard to anti-submarine fighting;
  • Humanitarian assistance and competitions in the event of natural disasters.

With a crew of 168 men and women, 145 meters in length and a total displacement of 6,700 tons, the Carabiniere is intensely engaged in the broader context of the Naval Squadron, to express an operational potential characterized by extremely flexible use and intervention modularity, more than ever necessary in the current geostrategic context.

ESPS CastillaSpain

Castilla (L52) is a Galicia-class landing platform dock (LPD), and is the twelfth ship of this name. She is the sister ship to the amphibious warfare vessel Galicia. Castilla has previously served as the flagship of EU Naval Forces off the Somali coast.

Castilla was Launched in June 1999 and her home port is Rota. She has a displacement of 13,000 tonnes, 160m long and has a top speed of 20 knots. She was designed to provide command and control for amphibious operations and to serve as a command headquarters for naval staff, as well as carrying troops and materiel.

The ship has a large helicopter deck and an 885-square-metre (9,530 sq ft) well deck for large landing craft, as well as a 1,000-square-metre (11,000 sq ft) space for up to 33 main battle tanks.The vessel is especially capable for humanitarian missions due to her complete onboard hospital, and she has previously provided assistance and disaster relief off Haiti after the 2005 and 2010 disastrous earthquakes.

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