LSS, Logistic Support Ship

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History
Italy
Name: Vulcano
Ordered: 7 May 2015 [1]
Builder: Fincantieri
Laid down: 9 February 2016 [2]
Launched: 22 june 2018
Commissioned: September 2019
Identification: A5335
Notes: Cost: € (EUR) 346 millions (2015)
General characteristics
Class and type: Vulcano-class auxiliary ship
Displacement: 27.200 t (26.770 long tons) full load
Length:
  • - 193 m (633 ft) LOA
  • - 175.9 m (577 ft) LPP
Beam: 24 m (79 ft)
Draft: 16.3 m (53 ft)
Depth: 8.4 m (28 ft)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • - 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • - 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) on electric engines
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) to 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Endurance: 30 days
Complement: 188 (+5) + 42 transported + 17 ospitalised
Crew: 167
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • - FFBNW CESM
  • - FFBNW RESM
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 helicopters AW-101
Aviation facilities: hangar for 2 helicopters AW-101
Notes:
  • - flight deck 24 m (79 ft) x 27.6 m (91 ft) for 1 x CH-53 or MV-22 tilt-rotor
  • - 4 X RAS (Replenishment At Sea) Hepburn stations
  • - 1 X Astern Fuelling Station (F76-F44)
  • - 2 x 30 tonnes to 20 m, stabilized cranes (one, on left, for off-shore duties)
  • - 2 x RHIB 7,3 m
  • - 2 x 10 m tenders
  • - FFBNW 2 x CB90 type boats
  • - Transported cargoes up to 15.500 t (15.255 long tons)

A5335 Vulcano is an auxiliary ship that will enter in service with the Marina Militare in 2019.[5]
She is designed to support fleet operations with fuel and dry stores. Along with another future sister ship, she is expected to replace the AORs Stromboli (A5327) and Vesuvio (A5329).
Vulcano was financed under the 2014 Naval Law,[6] for Euro 346 millions.

As part of the planned alliance between France's Naval Group and Fincantieri, France will buy four derivatives of the Vulcano design under the FLOTLOG project, scheduled to be delivered in 2022, 2025, 2027 and (subject to ratification of the next procurement plan) 2029.[7] France officially joined the program in October 2018.[8]

Design and construction[edit]

Vulcano is being built by Fincantieri with hull number 6259. The stern section is being built at the Riva Trigoso Naval Shipyard and the bow section is being built at the Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) Naval Shipyard. On the night of July 22/23, 2018, a fire broke out on the ship's stern superstructure.[9]

Vulcano is designed as a support ship able to supply a large squadron at sea.[10]

As such, she have the capability to:

  • refuel ships
  • produce fresh water
  • carry cargo
  • Hospital NATO Role 2 LM [11]
  • conduct repairs at sea with integrated maintenance workshops

She have a cargo capacity up to 15,500 t, of which, "at least":

  • 7.655 t (7.534 long tons) (9,000 m3) of NATO F76 diesel fuel [12]
  • 3.160 t (3.110 long tons) (3,900 m3) of NATO F44/JP5 aviation fuel
  • 830 t (820 long tons) of fresh water
  • 220 t (220 long tons) of ammunitions
  • 40 t (39 long tons) of meals (30,000 food rations)
  • 3 m3 of gasoline in barrels
  • 15 t (15 long tons) of lubricant in barrels
  • 20 t (20 long tons) of solid goods
  • up to 8 x ISO1C standard containers, 28 t (28 long tons) each one

See also[edit]

Italian Navy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fincantieri e Finmeccanica rinnoveranno la flotta della Marina Militare - DETTAGLIO - Leonardo - Finmeccanica".
  2. ^ "Riva Trigoso: Works start on the Logistic Support Ship" (Press release). Trieste: Fincantieri. 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "MAN 175D Wins First Orders".
  4. ^ "Leonardo, leader globale per il settore navale - DETTAGLIO - Leonardo - Finmeccanica".
  5. ^ https://www.fincantieri.com/en/products-and-services/naval-vessels/lss/
  6. ^ "Le navi del programma 2014 - Marina Militare".
  7. ^ Cabirol, Michel (15 June 2018). "Pétrolier ravitailleur : la France monte à bord du programme italien Vulcano". Le Tribune.
  8. ^ Peruzzi, Luca (26 October 2018). "Euronaval 2018: France joins LSS programme to meet FLOTLOG requirement". IHS Jane's 360. Paris. Archived from the original on 26 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ Peruzzi, Luca (July 25, 2018). "Fire breaks out on unfinished Italian support ship". Jane's Information Group. A fire broke out, for reasons unknown, aboard the logistic support ship (LSS) Vulcano on the night of 22/23 July.
  10. ^ http://www.nsweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/10.-Parapetto_Presentazione-NAPOLI_30_06-compressed.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.occar.int/409
  12. ^ http://www.marina.difesa.it/uominimezzi/nuovi_progetti_2/Pagine/lss.aspx