US selects Italian design for frigates

The Italian FREMM Alpino moored pierside in Baltimore. The ship’s design is the basis of the US Navy’s next-generation frigate. (Staff photo By David B. Larter)

By David B Larter of Defense News

The U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant has Italian heritage, the Navy has announced Thursday.

In a major win for Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine shipyard, the Navy selected Fincantieri’s so-called FREMM design, an acronym that stands for “European multi-purpose frigate,” in its original Italian. The shipyard, which is also on the hook for building the remaining mono-hull littoral combat ships and a frigate version of it for Saudi Arabia, is now a major player in U.S. Navy shipbuilding.

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