The Italian Navy Logistic Support Ship, LSS Vulcano has begun her sea trials on Dec. 5 while logging her first nautical miles in the Gulf of La Spezia.
This development is a key contractual milestone towards the delivery of the ship to the Italian Navy (FOAR), scheduled for September 2020. During the First Sea Going (FSG), several platform and combat systems installed onboard have been tested, especially the propulsion, steering, and navigation systems.
Only four years and a half have elapsed since the signing of the LSS contract in May 2015 for the FSG. This is a great achievement for OCCAR as contracting authority, given the exceptional challenges to finalize, under extreme time constraints, the reconstruction works of the aft part of the ship, after her launch in June 2018. The LSS “Vulcano” FSG bears witness of the success brought by the combined efforts of OCCAR, Italy as Participating State and Industry.
The Vulcano is expected to complete her sea trials by September 2020 and to be delivered to the Italian Navy that same month. The vessel is designed to support fleet operations with fuel and dry stores.
With France joining in January 2019, four more Logistic Support Ships will follow the path of their sister ship “Vulcano”, with the delivery of the first ship expected by the end of 2022.