The Italians build sexy looking ships. Glad they have the firepower on board to swat off the gropers...
I always thought that even the little 8000 tonne San Giorgios could have found a useful home over here.
Entered service 1987
Crew 163 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 133.3 m
Beam 20.5 m
Draught 5.3 m
Displacement, standard 7 665 tons
Displacement, full load ?
Propulsion and speed
Speed 21 knots
Diesel engines 2 x ?
(16 800 shp)
Troops 400 men
Vehicles up to 36 APCs or 30 medium tanks
Landing craft 2 x LCMs, 2 - 3 LCVPs; 1 x LCPL
Helicopters 2 x EH 101, 2 x AB 212
Artillery 1 x OTO Melara 76-mm gun, 2 x Oerlikon 25-mm guns
As for the gropers, I'd be most concerned about the ones between decks