The Artigliere class light frigates, operational with the Italian Navy, were built by Fincantieri at their Ancona and Riva Trigosa shipyards. They were initially built for Iraq, but delivery was cancelled following the United Nations embargoes against Iraq in 1990. New weapons and communications systems were fitted to meet the requirements of the Italian Navy. Marina Militare (MM) Artigliere (F582), MM Aviere (F583) and MM Granitiere (F585) built at Ancona, were commissioned in 1994, 1995 and 1996. The third-of-class ship, MM Bersagliere (F584), commissioned in 1995, was built at the Riva Trigosa shipyards in Genoa.
The helicopter deck at the stern has a single landing spot for an Agusta Bell AB 212 helicopter.
By kjfitz @ 2007-02-24 19:30:25