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LSS - Logistic Support Ship


OCCAR manages the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme for Italy and France. The LSS Programme comprises the Development and Production of five ships, along with In Service Support.  The ships have been designed from the outset with enhanced “dual use” features for military operations and civilian rescue operations.

LSS will be capable of supporting multiple missions, ranging from naval Joint Task Force to HQ afloat operations, providing medical support (NATO Role 1 / Role 2 Basic) and transporting naval and aviation fuel, fresh water, ammunitions, lubricating oil, food, spare parts and 20 ft ISO containers.

During peacetime, LSS is designed to support Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance Operations and will display modular capabilities, such as modular hospital, electrical power/drinkable water ashore and 20 ft ISO containers).

With its state of-the art design and technical features, the ship will meet the requirements of a modern Navy in numerous scenarios, integrating projected future Naval challenges.

LSS will offer an extraordinary capacity and a high degree of flexibility with minimal support costs.

The units are fully interoperable with NATO and EU partners and will be more versatile than the present generation of logistic ships, benefiting from an extensive use of the modularity concept.

In 2015, the LSS Programme was integrated into OCCAR and the contract for Italy became effective.

In June 2016, Brazil obtained Observer status in the Programme.

With the amendment of the Programme Management Authorisation (PMA) in July 2017, France commenced the integration process into the LSS Programme. The related Memorandum of Understanding between France and Italy was signed in July 2018 and the resultant Implementing Arrangement in November 2018.

France fully joined the Programme in January 2019 with the signature of the ProgD Amendment, and the French Global Contract for four Logistic Support Ships signed by OCCAR Director on 30 January 2019.

The LSS PD opened new offices in the OCCAR Malakoff site on 15th February 2019, followed on 3rd June 2019 by the activation of LSS PD satellite office in Saint-Nazaire in Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Nestled in the "Chantiers de l'Atlantique" shipyard of Saint-Nazaire, France, the LSS PD new site - manned by two permanent OCCAR staff members - provides direct support on the FL-LSS contract, for both Design and Construction phases.

At present:

  • ITS “Vulcano” is currently undergoing sea trials as part of the Qualification and Acceptance phase. She is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy at the early beginning of 2021, and will see the kick-off of the In Service Support phase.
  • For France, the FL LSS Programme is currently in Critical Design Phase, set to end in April 2021. In parallel, the production phase started in Saint-Nazaire on 16 May 2020. The LSS1, “Jacques Chevallier” is scheduled to be delivered to the French Navy in December 2022.
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LSS Programme Division in Paris © OCCAR

LSS Participating States

LSS Technical Information

Overall length 165 m
Width 24 m
Displacement 27.200 tonnes
Maximum speed 19.8 knots
Crew 167 people
Accommodation up to 235people
Range 7000 NM
For further information about the LSS Programme, please contact the Programme Division or the Lead Partner of the Temporary Consortium.
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OCCAR-EA LSS Programme Division