It is undergoing minor works before the commissioning ceremony that will take place early 2024 in Trieste ( for obvious reasons, since the ship was named after the city ).Can you maybe add some information/context?
Is it scheduled for commissioning soon?
I see they are looking at an evolved FREMM, the FREMM EVO. 3x16,500t LPDs, will be interesting to see if they are a Through Deck design or a more traditional aft flight deck.An Article making the point of the future of the MMI
New naval and joint procurement programmes together with additional funding for on-going activities are included in the recently published Italian MoD’s Multi-Year Defence Planning Document (Documento Programmatico Pluriennale della Difesa, DPP) for the 2023-2025 timeframe.www.navalnews.com
Yes, FREMM EVOs were fitted into this year's budget (only preliminary costs ofc) and are expected to start building process in the next years.Italian MoD’s Defence Planning Document 2023-2025: New naval and joint programs - Naval News
The Italian MOD has released a planning document for naval and joint programs, amongst possible new programs, are.
Evolved FREMM Frigates
I see they are looking at an evolved FREMM, the FREMM EVO. 3x16,500t LPDs, will be interesting to see if they are a Through Deck design or a more traditional aft flight deck.
Rumors are that the new ships (that, by the way, shouldn't be far from the start of the building process) won't be full-deck but instead classical LPD design, just like (its just an example of course, the two classes are completely different in size) the San Antonio.The new amphibious ships will replace the three Santi, much smaller through-deck LPDs. That doesn't guarantee that they'll be through-deck, though.
Amphibs with a dock & a full length deck have traditionally been called LHDs, following USN classifications. I think the Santi didn't because they were too small & with no hangar. Tbh, I think they're a bit difficult to fit into the standard USN terminology.
It's fairly typical of what the Marina Militare is doing at the moment, e.g. Giuseppe Garibaldi, a very small Harrier-carrier, is being replaced by Trieste, an LHD with over twice the displacement.