GARIBALDI -- HELICOPTER CARRIER FOR ITALIAN NAVY

A description is given of Italy's new helicopter carrier, the Garibaldi, due to be launched at the Monfalcone shipyard of Italcanieri. The official Italian Navy designation for this ship is 'light helicopter-carrier anti-submarine cruiser', but the vessel could also be fitted with a skijump and operate in a NATO task group as a support ship for V/STOL aircraft as well as helicopters. The design concept for the new ship is very similar to that adopted for the Royal Navy Invincible Class and the Spanish Navy Principe de Asturias carrier <see Abs. No. 60536, Sept. 1983>. Thus there is a through-deck from bow to stern, with a lateral island. The hull is divided into 15 watertight compartments and has 11 decks, five of which form the island above the flight deck. Stabilisation of the ship is achieved by four partially-rectractable active-fin stabilisers. To obtain maximum comfort in any possible operational area, the ship is air-conditioned in all living and working spaces, with three independent air-conditioning plants in separate watertight compartments. Crew accommodation is designed for 825 men. The propulsion system comprises four Fiat/GE LM 2500 gas turbines rated <in this ship> at 20,000 hp output each. The turbines are coupled two-by-two to drive two shafts through reversing couplings and reduction gears. The two propellers are fixed pitch. The maximum continuous ship speed is specified at 29 1/2 knots. Electric power is supplied by six Diesel-generators, 1950 kVA each. The article includes a table with specification data for both the Garibaldi and the Spanish carrier Principe de Asturias.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Navy International, 88 <1983>, p.227 <Apr.> (4 pp., 1 phot., 1 diag., 1 tab.)
  • Authors:
    • Ciampi, A O
  • Publication Date: 1983

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00684758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM