The eighth frigate in its class overall and the fourth in multipurpose configuration was delivered on April 16 2019.
The future ITS Antonio Marceglia was delivered after launching in February 2018 and completing platform and combat system equipment tests in November 2018.
FREMM frigates are being built by Italy and France under the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).
The Italian frigates are equipped with KRONOS Grand Naval multi-function active radar, IFF SIR-M5-PA secondary radar and RAN-30X/I air and surface surveillance, LPI SPN-730 navigation radar and SPN-720 for helicopter precision approach, SASS (Silent Acquisition and Surveillance system) infrared tracking system and, finally, equipped with two multi-sensors (radar and electro-optical) for NA-25X fire control.
The vessel also provides two 76/62 mm Super Rapid defense systems that use the DART guided ammunition for tracking targets, the anti-mine sonar (Mine Avoidance Sonar), acoustic countermeasures against attacks by torpedoes (Decoy Launching System) and the MU90 lightweight torpedo launching system (Torpedo Launching System).
The frigate “Canarias” (F-86) is the sixth and last unit of those which make up the 41st Squadron of Escorts class, “Santa María.” She was delivered to the Spanish Navy in December 1994.ESPS CANARIAS measures 140 meters in length and displaces 4,000 tons. Frigate Captain Ernesto Grueso García will have 230 men and women on board as the crew of the ESPS CANARIAS. This includes an Embarked Air Unit, an Operational Security Team and a War Force Operations Special Naval Team.The ESPS CANARIAS has participated in other deployments, such as the NATO Permanent Grouping No. 2 (SNMG-2), Operation “Enduring Freedom” in the Indian Ocean, Operation “Active Endeavor” and Operation “EUNAVFORMED-Sophia” in the Mediterranean Sea.