This spring, Italy placed orders for its ninth and tenth guided-missile frigates of the Carlo Bergamini class. Built under the Franco-Italian FREMM program (Fregata Europee Multi-Missione), the two new warships are expected for delivery around 2021 and will be the final units of this type built for Italy. Displacing 15,000 tons and measuring 466 feet in length, the warships will be armed with Teseo antiship missiles and Aster surface-to-air missiles along with a mix of 3-inch and 5-inch guns. Six of the ships, including these final ninth and tenth units, are being built to a general-purpose/land-attack configuration, while the remaining four will have more advanced antisubmarine-warfare capabilities. Four of the Carlo Bergamini–class frigates are already in Italian service, including the namesake Carlo Bergamini, the Virginio Fasan (pictured here), the Carlo Margottini, and the Carabiniere. A fifth unit, the Alpino, is due for delivery in 2016.
By Eric Wertheim