New Italian aircraft carrier to be launched in May

On 25 May 2019, the Italian L-9890 Trieste helicopter / light aircraft carrier to replace the light aircraft carrier ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551) and the landing support ship ITS San Giusto (L 9894) was launched.

The ship displaces 33,000 tons, is 245 meters long and 36 meters wide, and will host EH101 and NH90 helicopters as well as F-35B Lightning II fighters. The ship is being built at Fincantieri’s yard in Castellamare di Stabia near Naples.

Shipbuilding began on January 12, 2017 and will be completed in 2022. The new ship will complement the power of the ITS Cavour (C550) and will be the new flagship of the Italian Navy.