LSS - Logistic Support Ship
The LSS Programme is a logistic support ship programme for Italy. With its state of-the art design and technical features, the ship will meet today’s requirements of a modern Navy in various scenarios. LSS will offer an extraordinary capacity and a high degree of flexibility at low support cost.
This unit, 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. It will be conceived since the beginning of the design phase with enhanced “dual use” features, fit for traditional military tasks and able to intervene also during peace time, supporting Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance Operations (i.e. modular hospital, electrical power/drinkable water ashore and containers).
The LSS Programme includes Development and Production of one ship and the In Service Support for ten years. The LSS will be capable of supporting a naval Joint Task Force, to support disaster relief operations, to provide medical support (NATO Role 2 LM) and to transport naval and aviation fuel, fresh water, ammunitions, lubricating oil, food, spare parts and 20 ft ISO containers.
The delivery of the LSS is planned for 2019.
In 2015, the LSS Programme was integrated into OCCAR and the contract became effective.
In June 2016 Brazil assumed the Observer status into the Programme.
With the amendment of the PMA in July 2017, France started the integration in the LSS Programme. The French participation will result in an additional 3 vessels and a 4th in option and a FR/IT cooperation to cover common In-Service Support.
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 first important milestone in the OCCAR Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme was successfully achieved in February with the first steel cutting. The LSS Programme includes the Development, Production and ten years of In Service Support for the first ship of the Italian Navy fleet renewal plan, with delivery foreseen in 2019.