Fincantieri Wins US Navy Contract for Fifth and Sixth Constellation-Class Frigates

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The Department of Defense has announced that Fincantieri’s US subsidiary, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), has been awarded a contract worth over one billion US dollars to build the fifth and sixth Constellation-class frigates for the US Navy.

The contract for the lead frigate and nine options, signed in 2020, has a cumulative value of 5.5 billion US dollars, including post-delivery availability support and crew training.

Fincantieri secured this high-profile tender, distinguishing itself among several major US shipyards, thanks to a project considered the most innovative and cutting-edge. The Group’s proposal is based on the FREMM frigate platform, globally recognized as technologically advanced, and the backbone of a 10-unit program for the Italian Navy that Fincantieri is currently completing at its Italian shipyards.

Construction on the first frigate, the future USS Constellation, is currently ongoing at the newly revamped Wisconsin shipyard in Marinette.

FMM is the spearhead of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), which controls two other shipyards also located in the Great Lakes (Wisconsin)—Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri Ace Marine. The company serves commercial and government customers in the US. FMM is committed to the Littoral Combat Ships program for the US Navy and the Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MMSC) program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of the US Foreign Military Sales plan.

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