^ good find, JammerJamesky!
an online press release by the Italian Defense Ministry?
Partial Google translation :
The restructuring plan :
Cuts in defense, decimated the fleet of the Navy
Disposed 24 units, halved frigate
After the bill on cuts to the armed forces, the Navy is planning a substantial
plan to reduce its fleet. Well-informed sources in the defense sector are expected to know and
disposal, including this year and 2016, has 26 ships between the first and second lines, as well as vessels for the support and crew training.
At first glance, this looks like an action to limit is ascertained and increase the efficiency of the fleet, which inside has combined old-growth. But who knows previous projects, the sale of the Marina, knows that accelerated in the latter and was given considerable. This should affect, reducing, the current capacity operation of the Armed Forces. Therefore, for the fleet as for the remainder of the message passing and 'clear enough: if you cutting means, it also cuts the chance intervene on behalf of international missions, and then generally rely on Italy's influence in politics International geo-strategic.
It provided for the disposal of the Mistral class frigates 4 not upgraded (it remains far too many), 3 of 4 Soldiers patrol team class, 6 of 8 Minerva class corvettes, minesweepers 3 of 4 Lerici class, a class of 2 refuelers team Stromboli , joined the rescue versatile Antaeus, the 4 units for training class tugboats and as many deep-sea lobster.
Compared to the previous schedule to the draft law on cuts to defense, the component of the frigates and offshore patrol records anticipation as to create a temporary reduction of operational line from the start, waiting for the next year to start operating the new frigates FREMM , and the second of which was launched last March 31. According to the original plans should be built FREMM 10, but now they are financed only 6, 2 of which the last part. Although the condition persists for the remaining 4 units, the Navy, together with Defence are considering the construction of new multirole smaller units to be acquired in greater number (something like 6 units) to compensate for the cancellation of the last FREMM.
These ships will replace the Maestrale annually not modernized, which could have a second life as a result of the interest expressed by other navies, including the Peruvian and Philippine. Note that in the latter 'case could be disposed of and subject to revision and modernization works by Fincantieri and Finmeccanica's company, before the final transfer to the final customer. No immediate replacement and instead provided for the three offshore patrol class soldiers, whose Artigliere class president and was withdrawn late last January, as well as for third-class minesweepers and six Lerici class corvettes Minerva, whose disposal is anticipated over five years, and for which a transfer to other navies, at least for the corvettes, would be assessed even for free. Will suffer the same fate 4 offshore tugboats and 4 units for training.