List of active Italian Navy ships

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Naval ensign of Italy.

List of active Italian Navy ships is a list of ships in active service with the Italian Navy. As of 2015 the navy maintains approximately 180 ships in service, including minor auxiliary vessels. The fleet has started a process of renewal that will see 50 ships retired by 2025 and replaced by 30 multi-mission ships.[1] Ocean going fleet units include: two aircraft carriers, three small 8,000 tonne amphibious transport docks, four destroyers, 14 frigates and six attack submarines. Patrol and littoral warfare units include: 10 offshore patrol vessels and 5 corvettes. In support of the fleet there are 10 mine countermeasure vessels, 4 coastal patrol boats and a varied fleet of auxiliary ships.

Submarine fleet[edit]


Class Picture Type Boats Displacement Note
Submarines (6 in Service)
Type 212 Mmi S527.jpg Attack submarine Salvatore Todaro (S526)
Scirè (S527)
1,830 tonnes 2 more to be commissioned.
Sauro class Sauro class.jpg Attack submarine Salvatore Pelosi (S522)
Giuliano Prini (S523)
Primo Longobardo (S524)
Gianfranco Gazzana Priaroggia (S525)
1,862 tonnes Will retire 2018-22[2]

Surface fleet[edit]

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Aircraft carriers (2 in Service)
Cavour (550) - Civitavecchia harbour, Italy - June 2011.jpg Aircraft carrier
Cavour (550) 27,910 tonnes
ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551).jpg Aircraft carrier
Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) 13,850 tonnes To be replaced around 2022.[3][4][2]

Amphibious warfare ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Amphibious warfare ships (3 in Service)
San Giorgio-class San Giorgio L9892.jpg Amphibious transport dock
San Giorgio (L9892)
San Marco (L9893)
San Giusto (L9894)
8,000 tonnes Retires 2019
Retires 2020
Retires 2022[2]

Surface combatants[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyers (4 in Service)
Orizzonte-class Nave Caio Duilio.jpg Air-defence destroyer Andrea Doria (D553)
Caio Duilio (D554)
7,050 tonnes
Durand de la Penne class Durand de la Penne D560.jpg Air-defence destroyer Luigi Durand de la Penne (D560)
Francesco Mimbelli (D561)
5,400 tonnes Penne retires 2024;[2]
Frigates (13 in Service)
Carlo Margottini (F 592) 05.JPG General-purpose frigate[5]
Anti-submarine frigate

Carlo Bergamini (F590)
Virginio Fasan (F591)
Carlo Margottini (F592)
Carabiniere (F593)
6,700 tonnes Six more to be commissioned.
Maestrale class Maestrale-Class MAESTRALE (F 570).jpg Anti-submarine frigate Grecale (F571)
Libeccio (F572)
Scirocco (F573)
Aliseo (F574)
Euro (F575)
Espero (F576)
Zeffiro (F577)
3,100 tonnes Retiring 2015-24;[2] being replaced by FREMM.
Lupo class
(aka Soldati class)
MM Sagittario Distant Drum 1983.jpg Light patrol frigate Aviere (F583)
Bersagliere (F584)
2,986 tonnes Retiring 2016-18;[2]
Corvettes (5 in Service)
Minerva class Urania F552.jpg Corvette Urania (F552)
Sfinge (F554)
Driade (F555)
Chimera (F556)
Fenice (F557)
1,285 tonnes Retiring 2016-17;[2]

Offshore patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Offshore patrol vessels (10 in Service)
Comandanti class US Navy 100528-N-3136P-207 An Italian Navy visit, board, search and seizure team returns to the Italian Navy offshore patrol vessel ITS Comandante Foscari (P-493).jpg Offshore patrol vessel Comandante Cigala Fulgosi (P490)
Comandante Borsini (P491)
Comandante Bettica (P492)
Comandante Foscari (P493)
1,512 tonnes Retiring 2023
Retiring 2023
Retiring 2025
Retiring 2024[2]
Sirio class Orione (P 410) 01.JPG Offshore patrol vessel Sirio (P409)
Orione (P410)
1,580 tonnes Retiring 2025
Retiring 2024[2]
Cassiopea class Spica P403.jpg Offshore patrol vessel Cassiopea (P401)
Libra (P402)
Spica (P403)
Vega (P404)
1,400 tonnes Retiring 2022-3;[2]

Mine countermeasure vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (10 in Service)
Gaeta-class MM Crotone M5558.jpg Minehunter Gaeta (M5554)
Termoli (M5555)
Alghero (M5556)
Numana (M5557)
Crotone (M5558)
Viareggio (M5559)
Chioggia (M5560)
Rimini (M5561)
720 tonnes Retire 2019-22[2]
Lerici class Vieste M5553.jpg Minehunter Milazzo (M5552)
Vieste (M5553)
503 tonnes Retires 2019
Retires 2018[2]

Coastal patrol boats[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Coastal patrol boats (4 in Service)
Esploratore class Vedetta (P 407).jpg Coastal patrol boats Esploratore (P405)
Sentinella (P406)
Vedetta (P407)
Staffetta (P408)
188 tonnes

Auxiliary fleet[edit]

Replenishment ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Replenishment ships (3 in Service)
AOR Etna.jpg Replenishment oiler (small) Etna (A5326) 13,400 tonnes Command & logistics support ship, retires 2025.[2]
Stromboli class Nave da rifornimento Vesuvio A 5329.jpg Replenishment oiler (small) Stromboli (A5327)
Vesuvio (A5329)
8,700 tonnes Retire 2018 & 2020;[2] planned to be replaced by new Logistic Support Ship (LSS) in 2019.[6]

Other auxiliary vessels[edit]

The Italian Navy also keeps in service various auxiliary support ships. These include:[7]

Small oil tankers

  • Panarea (A5370)
  • Linosa (A5371)
  • Favignana (A5372)
  • Salina (A5373)

Electronic surveillance & support ship

  • Elettra (A5340)

Research & multi-purpose support ships

  • Leonardo (A5301)
  • Raffaele Rossetti (A5315)
  • Martellota (A5320)
  • Alliance [8]

Hydrographic survey vessels

  • Magnaghi (A5303) Retires in 2020[2]
  • Aretusa (A5304) Retires in 2024[2]
  • Galatea (A5308) Retires in 2023[2]

Forward rescue & repair ship

  • Anteo (A5309) Retires in 2020,[2] planned to be replaced by Unità multiruolo di Supporto Subacqueo Polivalente (USSP).

Diving support vessels

  • Mario Marino (Y498)
  • Alcide Pedretti (Y499)

Landing craft

  • 9 landing craft MTM217 class
  • 5 landing craft LCM class
  • 20 landing craft MTP96 class

Navigation training vessels Some of the 1950s MSI-58 Aragosta-class minesweepers were converted to cadet training ships in 1985, Astice, Mitilo, Murena and Porpora were scheduled to be decommissioned at the end of June 2015.

  • Astice (A5379)
  • Mitilo (A5380)
  • Murena (A5305)
  • Porpora (A5382)
  • Also various sailing vessels; including school sailing ships Amerigo Vespucci (A5312), Italia (A5314), and Palinuro (A5311).

Coastal transport ships

  • Gorgona (A5347)
  • Tremini (A5348)
  • Caprera (A5349)
  • Pantelleria (A5351)
  • Lipari (A5352)
  • Capri (A5353)

Water cistern ships

  • Ticino (A5376)
  • Tirso (A5377)
  • Bormida (A5359)

Materials transport ships

  • Ponza (A5364)
  • Levanzo (A5366)
  • Tavolara (A5367)
  • Palmaria (A5368)
  • Procida (A5383)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peruzzi, Luca (13 April 2015). "Italian Navy anticipates key contracts in fleet renewal process". IHS Jane's Navy International. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Plan for decomissioning naval units until 2025" (PDF). Italian Navy. 27 April 2025.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ The FREMM is classified as both a destroyer or a frigate by its various operators.
  6. ^ Kington, Tom (7 May 2015). "Italian Ship Production Deal Signed". Defense News. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Flotta e mezzi - Navi" (in Italian). Italian Navy. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^

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