Italy’s landing helicopter dock launched to sea

The launching ceremony for Italian Navy’s landing helicopter dock (LHD) Trieste was held on May 25 at Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia.

Fincantieri photo

The launching event was attended by President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono.

“This multirole and multipurpose amphibious vessel has been designed since the beginning as a flexible, multi-purpose by design, modular unit with a low environmental impact,” shipbuilder Fincantieri said.

It added that the ship is capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles and equipment through the flight deck and a floodable basin located on the stern of the ship.

“The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defence, approved by the Italian Government and Parliament and started in May 2015 (“Naval Act”),” Fincantieri added.