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Italian Navy: Its Alpino Calls at New York from 1 to 5 June

New York is the third stopover of the naval Campaign in North America for the Italian FREMM frigate 

Italian FREMM frigate Alpino (Reddit)

The Italian FREMM frigate Alpino is scheduled to arrive in New York (USA) on 1st June. The ship will be moored at Pier 88, where she will stay until 5 June. ITS Alpino will ensure a qualified – and technologically relevant - presence in a number of countries with which Italy maintains significant political, diplomatic and economic relations, and conducts military cooperation activities

The Italian FREMM frigate Alpino is scheduled to arrive in New York (USA) on 1st June. The ship will be moored at Pier 88, where she will stay until 5 June.

Friday 1st June, at 15.00 local time, the Frigate’s commanding officer, Commander Davide Da Pozzo, will hold a press conference onboard, in order to present the ship and the 2018 Campaign in North America.

ITS Alpino – delivered to the Italian Navy on 30 September 2016 – is the fifth FREMM frigate and the fourth in ASW version. The ship is equipped with latest cutting-edge technologies.

This overseas Campaign, along with joint activities and exchange with friendly and allied navies, provides a valuable training opportunity to maintain high levels of cooperation and to strengthen relations with trans-regional allies.

ITS Alpino will ensure a qualified – and technologically relevant – presence in a number of countries with which Italy maintains significant political, diplomatic and economic relations, and conducts military cooperation activities. Activities will be conducted in the broader framework of the institutional tasks which the Italian Navy seamlessly executes to the benefit of our country and national community in all strategic areas, ensuring permanent naval presence aimed at providing sea-control, security of sea lines of communication (SLOC), surveillance of national maritime activities, deterrence and fight against illegal activities on the high seas, as well as promoting international cooperation and training.

The significance of this Campaign lies on the opportunity, on one hand, to project the image of the Italian Navy, the Armed Forces and country system in unusual areas, and, on the other hand, to provide support to major national industries in terms of international competitiveness. In this framework, a special effort will be made to showcase and highlight the Unit’s operational capabilities to delegations composed of members of the United States Congress and US Navy officers within the information process aimed at the definition by the US Navy of a new class of frigates (US acquisition programme called Future Frigate Program FFG(X), aimed at filling the capability gap between the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Arleigh Burke-Class DDGs).

This initiative of maritime projection and naval diplomacy is part of a broader project aimed at “teaming up”, by integrating the crew’s operational capabilities with the modern Italian manufacturing systems embarked onboard ITS Alpino, built by the FINCANTIERI shipbuilding group, sole sponsor and partner of this Campaign.

This overseas Campaign also provides an opportunity to meet the numerous Italian communities residing abroad, and includes the organization of cultural events aimed at promoting the image of Italy and its excellences.

Campaign media partners are Rivista Italiana Difesa (RID), Agenzia Nova and Report Difesa. 

During her port call, ITS Alpino will be open to the public on the following dates/times:

Saturday 2 June: from 15.00 to 18.00

Sunday 3 June: from 15.00 to 18.00

Monday 4 June: from 10.00 to 12.00, and from 15.00 to 18.00

ITS Alpino – commanded by Commander Davide Da Pozzo – is a frigate of the FREMM (Multi-Mission European Frigate) Italo-French programme. Built in the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso (GE), the ship was launched on 13 December 2014 and delivered to the Italian Navy on 30 September 2016. On 9 June 2017, ITS Alpino was assigned her battle flag in Civitavecchia.

Identified by the hull number F 594, according to the NATO classification, this latest generation frigate features state-of-the-art technologies which make her suitable for multimission deployment.

ITS Alpino (F594) – the fifth Italian FREMM frigate, and the fourth in ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) version – embarks a crew of 168 (male and female), almost half in comparison with older frigates, and is able to provide accommodation for 200 command staff, including a special forces team and a qualified team to operate two medium-heavy helicopters. ITS Alpino has a displacement of 6,700 t and can reach a speed of 27 kt thanks to a CODLAG hybrid propulsion system (1 gas turbine and 2 electric motors) enabling low consumption and long range.

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