Italian FREMM frigate heading to Australia as Fincantieri sets up local company

Carabiniere was delivered to the Italian Navy in April 2015. (Italian Navy)

Shipbuilding group Fincantieri has established a local company known as Fincantieri Australia, and is set to open a new Australian headquarters in Canberra to manage the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process for the Future Frigates.

Dario Deste has been designated as chairman of Fincantieri Australia, and he will be supported by Mark Purcell, formerly the Head of Maritime Systems in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

Meanwhile, the Bergamini class frigate Carabiniere (F593) is due to visit Australian ports in January and February to take part in training activities with the Royal Australian Navy, and to be shown off to the public.

“The best way for the Australian government to observe the performance and strengths of the Italian FREMM frigate and to assess its suitability for the RAN is for it to be in Australian and regional waters,” Deste stated.

Carabiniere is expected to visit Fremantle from January 26 to 31, and then Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.


  1. Thomas Lindner says

    Impressive display of the FREMM frigate Carabinere in Fremantle on Australia Day. I was lucky to got on the ship.
    The crew did a amazing job, friendly, polite, and in all aspects spot on. The Italian NAVY can be proud what the crew did on that open day.

    F593 is a strong, fast, and impressive ship. With all the specs (Propulsion, Weapons,) she should suit the requirements to become the future frigate for the Australian NAVY.

    I was working on the AWD Project (Navantia) in Adelaide so I am familiar with all aspects off ship building on a global level.