The ship has been named after Raimondo Montecuccoli (1609 – 1680), Duke of Melfi, Author, Field Marshal and military reformer, a master of the warfare, who led Austrian armies to victory against enemies of the House of Habsburg for half a century. Montecuccoli was considered as the only commander to be the equal of General Turenne of the French Arms under Louis XIV.
PPA3 FOA saw the participation of Vice Admiral Antonio Natale representing the Chief of the Italian Navy, the Director of the Italian Naval Armaments Directorate Vice Admiral Giuseppe Abbamonte, and the Director of OCCAR-EA Mr. Joachim Sucker. Dr. Dario Deste (Fincantieri) and Eng. Marco De Fazio (Leonardo Company) represented the Temporary Consortium responsible for the ship’s development, production and In-Service Support.