The two partnership agreements were signed in Naples by General (DGA) Guillaume de Garidel-Thoro, head of the French Navy’s “Fleet Support Service” and Admiral Giuseppe Abbamonte, head of the Logistics Command of the Italian Navy.
The first partnership agreement allows the two navies to access each-other’s inventory of FREMM spare parts. A similar agreement for the Horizon type destroyer was already in place between the two navies.
The second partnership relates to the sharing of information regarding the maintenance of the FREMM frigates.
The French Navy has 8 Aquitaine-class FREMM frigates on order (with one ship yet to be delivered by Naval Group). The last two vessels of the class, Alsace and Lorraine feature improved air defense capabilities and are known as “FREMM DA”.
The Italian Navy has 10 Bergamini-class FREMM frigates on order (with two vessels yet to be delivered by Fincantieri). They come in two variants: General Purpose and Anti-Submarine Warfare.