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Fincantieri sails to the USA with the Constellation frigates

Fincantieri sails to the USA with the Constellation frigates

Fincantieri will also build the fourth Constellation-class frigate for the US Navy. Construction on the first frigate began in late August last year in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS Constellation is expected to be delivered in 2026.

Fincantieri celebrates in the United States.

The US Department of Defense has awarded the US subsidiary of Fincantieri, Marinette Marine (FMM), the contract for the construction of the fourth frigate of the "Constellation" class, which has a value of approximately 526 million dollars, destined for the US Navy. The group led by Pierroberto Folgiero communicated it with a note.

In the USA, Fincantieri is focusing on the maxi contract awarded in 2020 with the US Navy for three frigates out of a total expected order of 20.

Fincantieri, with its Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard, had presented a project derived from the Italian version of the Fremm frigates, built for Italy and France. And on 31 August, the Fincantieri Marine Group (Fmg), the US subsidiary of the Trieste-based group, announced that it had started construction at Marinette (in Winsonsin) of the first Constellation-class frigate .

According to the group's plans, FMM will deliver the ship, the future USS Constellation, in 2026.

Meanwhile, the company is finishing up a $300 million shipyard renovation, hoping it will pay off if and when Building 34 is nearly full and houses two new 7,000-ton frigates each year for the U.S. Navy, noted the last month Breaking Defense .

And now the US Navy has confirmed the order of the fourth frigate to Fincantieri.


“Our commitment is to support the largest Navy in the world with a ship that represents the highest possible degree of innovation. We look in particular at the digital profile of the units, in terms of cybersecurity and data analytics, two fundamental fronts for the industrial competition of the future". Thus the CEO Pierroberto Folgiero commented on the assignment of the fourth frigate of the "Constellation" class.


As the Trieste group recalls, the contract for the first frigate and the option for 9 additional vessels, signed in 2020, has a total value of approximately 5.5 billion dollars and includes after-sales support and crew training.


Fincantieri has invested 300 million dollars in the Marinette shipyard to build two ships a year by 2026, according to the Navy's plans ( Here Startmag 's insight into Fincantieri's bet in the United States ).

“We have invested more than 300 million dollars in our Marinette shipyard to build many frigates for the US Navy,” said Marco Galbiati, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group last September. "Using our new facilities and industry-leading best practices, we are ready to deliver the two frigates a year required by the Navy."


In the United States, Fincantieri Marine Group, a US subsidiary of Fincantieri, operates through three shipyards: Fincantieri Marinette Marine and two other sites – also in the Great Lakes region of Wisconsin – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri Ace Marine. ( Here Startmag 's insight into what FMM is working on ).


On April 15, Fincantieri Marinette Marine celebrated the launch of its latest Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship. Meanwhile, two of the four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants, intended to be sold to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are already taking shape. Once these programs are completed, the new Constellation frigate will be the main yard job in Wisconsin, Breaking Defense noted.

Therefore, the cadence of the frigate program is crucial for Fincantieri Marinette Marine because the shipyard is effectively clearing the space to build the Constellation class.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/fincantieri-salpa-negli-usa-con-le-fregate-constellation/ on Fri, 19 May 2023 11:22:36 +0000.