Italian Navy's LHD Trieste (L9890) Launched
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Italian Navy's LHD Trieste (L9890) Launched

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Image Attribute: Trieste (L9890) launched at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, dated May 25, 2019.

Image Attribute: Trieste (L9890) launched at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, dated May 25, 2019.

On May 25, 2019, Trieste (L9890) a new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Italian Navy was launched at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard (near Naples) in the presence of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono.

The LHD is built under a contract signed between the Italian Navy and Fincantieri and Finmeccanica in July 2015. The total value of the contract is over €1.1 billion, with Fincantieri’s share amounting to approx. €853 million and Finmeccanica’s to about €273 million. LHD Trieste is going to replace both ASW Carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi and LPD San Giusto 

The launch ceremony was also attended, among others, by the Italian Minister of Economic Development, of Labour and Social Policies and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio and the Italian Minister of Defence Elisabetta Trenta, by the Governor of Campania Vincenzo De Luca, by the Chief of Defence Gen. Enzo Vecciarelli and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy Adm. Valter Girardelli.    

With a 33,000 tonnes full load displacement, a length and beam of respectively 245 and 36 meters, the new Trieste is equipped with a combined diesel-electric or gas (CODLOG) propulsion system which includes two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines, two MAN 20V32/44R diesel engines and two electric motors on two shafts with conventional rudders and controllable pitch propellers, offering a maximum speed of respectively 25 knots. Endurance reaches 7,000 NM at 16 knots.

The floodable dock — 50 meters long and 15 meters wide — will enable the ship to deploy the most technically advanced amphibious equipment and vehicles of EU and NATO Navies. The different areas of cargo securing are accessible through cranes, stern and side ramps, and cargo handling will be managed by internal ramps and elevators. 

A fully equipped hospital will also be available onboard, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, and patient rooms capable of hosting 27 seriously injured patients (further admissions are possible through duly equipped container modules).

Italian Navy's LHD Trieste (L9890) Launched