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LSS - Logistic Support Ship

The LSS Programme is the Logistic Support Ship programme for Italy and France. With its state of-the art design and technical features, the ship will meet requirements of a modern Navy in various scenarios, integrating projected future Naval challenges. LSS will offer an extraordinary capacity and a high degree of flexibility at low support cost.

These units, fully interoperable with NATO and EU partners, will be more versatile than the present generation of ships, benefiting from an extensive use of the modularity concept.
The LSS Programme includes Development and Production of five ships, along with its In Service Support, conceived since the beginning of the design phase with enhanced “dual use” features: military and civilian rescue operations.
For traditional military tasks, the LSS will be capable to support multiple missions, spanning from naval Joint Task Force to HQ afloat operations, to provide medical support (NATO Role 1 / Role 2 LM) and to transport naval and aviation fuel, fresh water, ammunitions, lubricating oil, food, spare parts and 20 ft ISO containers.

Also capable to intervene during peace time, supporting Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance Operations, the LSS will display modular capabilities, such as modular hospital, electrical power/drinkable water ashore and 20 ft ISO containers).

In 2015, the LSS Programme was integrated into OCCAR and the contract for Italy became effective. The delivery of the ITN LSS Vulcano is planned for 2020.
In June 2016 Brazil assumed the Observer status into the Programme.
With the amendment of the PMA in July 2017, France started the integration process into the LSS Programme. The related Memorandum of Understanding between France and Italy was signed in July 2018 and the consequential Implementing Arrangement in November 2018.
France fully joined the Programme 18th January 2019 with the signature of the ProgD Amendment, and the French Global Contract for four Logistic Support Ships signed by OCCAR Director on 30th January 2019. OCCAR-EA objective is to deliver the first of four French LSS by the end of 2022.
The LSS PD enlargement with the opening of new offices in the OCCAR Malakoff site was achieved on 15th February 2019 followed by the kick-off meeting for the French LSS contract on 1st March 2019 in OCCAR premises.
The next step ahead will see the opening of the LSS PD satellite office in Saint-Nazaire on the shipyard site by the end of spring 2019.

LSS Programme Division in Paris © OCCAR

The LSS PD enlargement with the opening of new offices in the OCCAR Malakoff site was achieved on 15th February 2019 followed by the kick-off meeting for the French LSS contract on 1st March 2019 in OCCAR premises.

The next step ahead will see the opening of the LSS PD satellite office in Saint-Nazaire on the shipyard site by the end of spring 2019.

LSS Participating States

LSS Technical Information

Overall length 165 m
Width 24 m
Displacement 23000 tonnes
Maximum speed 20 knots
Crew 167 people
Accommodation 200 people
Range 7000 NM
For further information about the LSS Programme, please contact the Programme Division or the Lead Partner of the Temporary Consortium.