Keel Laying Ceremony in Castellammare di Stabia for LSS
Another key milestone in the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme was successfully achieved on 13th October 2016, with the keel laying of the fore section of the new 23,000 tonne full load displacement ship at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.
The new ship hull and superstructure are being built in two sections, with the 94 metres long and approx. 4,000t fore section being built by Fincantieri shipbuilding group at Castellammare di Stabia (near Naples), while the 86 metres and 7,000t aft section is being provided by Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard. Steel cutting ceremonies were held respectively in the two facilities on 9 and 16 February 2016 and the keel laying for the aft section was held in Riva Trigoso on 12 July 2016. Before the end of 3rd quarter of 2017 the two sections will be transferred and assembled at Muggiano’s shipyard floating dock, where the new ship will be completed for a planned launch in the last quarter of 2017. After outfitting, the first sea-going of the platform is due in the second quarter of 2018, with the first ship combat system sea acceptance trial later in 2018. Delivery is scheduled in February 2019.
LSS is designed to operate in multiple scenarios and is characterised by a high level of flexibility; it will be capable of supporting naval joint task forces conducting Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) and civil protection missions. The double-hull 23,000-tonne full-load displacement, 165-metres long and 24-metres wide LSS features a flight deck astern capable of accommodating one CH-53 helicopter or MV-22 tilt-rotor platform. The large hangar will be capable of hosting and maintaining up to two EH-101 helicopters, a NATO Role 2 LM hospital and maintenance and repair facilities. In addition, LSS will be capable of transporting and transferring, to other ships and ashore, both liquid and solid payloads including 2,500 kW electrical power, potable water and containers. The ship will accommodate up to 200 persons (188+12 hospitalised), including a crew of 167.