The Italian Navy’s FREMM Frigate “Carabiniere”, designed and built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, will visit Australian ports in January and February, 2017.
18th Dec 2016
ITALIAN “CARABINIERE” FRIGATE TO VISIT AUSTRALIA IN 2017
Trieste, December 17, 2016 – The Italian Navy’s FREMM Frigate “Carabiniere”, designed and built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, will visit Australian ports in January and February, 2017.
While visiting Australia, “Carabiniere” will engage in joint training activities with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and be made available to the public with open days planned for some Australian ports.
Fincantieri has been shortlisted by the Australian Government under the SEA 5000 – Future Frigate programme to deliver nine, new frigates for the RAN. In order to manage the important phase of the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process, the company established Fincantieri Australia, headquartered in Canberra.
“Carabiniere” will depart from the port of La Spezia, Italy on December 20, 2016 and visit the Australian ports of Fremantle (Jan. 26-31*), Adelaide (Feb. 5-10*), Sydney (Feb. 14-19*), Melbourne (Feb. 21-24*). *All dates subject to final confirmation.
Mr Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia said “The best way for the Australian Government to observe the performance and strengths of the Italian FREMM Frigate and to assess its suitability for the RAN is for it to be in Australian and regional waters.
“Fincantieri’s FREMM Frigate has been designed and built for the toughest conditions, to be flexible to accommodate new technologies, to meet not only the highest performance standards, but also the specifications and the changing operational demands of the RAN.
“The journey to Australia and within Australia’s regional waters is testament to the FREMM Frigate’s superior, robust, design and performance”, Mr Deste said.
“Carabiniere” will be engaged in joint training activities with the RAN, in addition to promoting dialogue, cooperation and Maritime Capacity Building activities in a range of areas, including humanitarian assistance and support.
“Carabiniere” was delivered to the Italian Navy in 2015 and it is the fifth of 10 frigates commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy.
To reach Australia, the Italian FREMM Frigate will cross the Indian Ocean during a campaign of the Italian Navy, touching different countries in South East Asia.
“Carabiniere” has shown its strengths and versatility in a range of testing operational conditions in the service of the Italian Navy through involvement in at-sea rescues of people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.
In particular, she was deployed from October 2015 until April 2016 in the Operation “Atalanta”, an anti-piracy activity, the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force, where the vessel acted as flagship off the coast of Africa.
Final preparations for the visit of “Carabiniere” to Australia are being made by the Italian Navy in consultation with the Australian Government, Royal Australian Navy and relevant State Governments.
More information will be provided once negotiations have concluded.