The Italian Navy replacement for the Stromboli Class replenishment oiler (AOR) along with her current being build sistership, the ITS VULCANO A 5335 was spotted anchored at Augusta, Sicily.
ITS VULCANO was built by Fincantieri with yard number 6259. The stern section was built at the Riva Trigoso Naval Shipyard while her bow section was built at the Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) Naval Shipyard. She is designed to support fleet operations with fuel and dry stores.
She was financed under the 2014 Naval Law, for €346 million, then increased to €374.6 million, when the length was extended by 12 metres (39 ft). A second vessel was ordered in January 2022 for projected delivery in 2025. The Navy also has an option for a third ship of the class.
She has a length overall (loa) of 193 metres with 27.2 metres beam. She is designed to operate in multiple scenarios and is characterised by a high level of flexibility of which she will be capable of supporting naval joint task forces conducting Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) and has the capability of a NATO Role 2 LM hospital.
The large hangar will be capable of hosting and maintaining up to two EH-101 helicopters and maintenance and repair facilities. In addition, she will be capable of transporting and transferring, to other ships and ashore, both liquid and solid payloads including 2,500 kW electrical power, potable water and containers. The ship will accommodate up to 200 persons (188+12 hospitalized), including a crew of 167.
She was ordered on 7th May 2015, laid down on 9th February 2016, launched on 22nd June, 2018 and commissioned on 12th March 2021.