San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock
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|Builders:||Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso (La Spezia)|
|Type:||Amphibious transport dock (LPD)|
|Length:||133 m (436 ft)|
|Beam:||20.5 m (67 ft)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km; 8,600 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|Capacity:||350 men with 30 medium tanks or 36 tracked armoured vehicles|
|Complement:||17 officers, 163 ratings|
|Elettronica SpA INS-3 ECM/ESM suite|
|Aircraft carried:||3 x AW-101 or 5 x Agusta Bell AB-212 helicopters|
|Aviation facilities:||Flight deck|
The San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD) were built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. These ships can carry a battalion of troops, and up to 36 armored vehicles. The stern floodable dock can accommodate three landing craft. The ships are based at the Brindisi naval base on the Adriatic coast.
San Giorgio and San Marco have been extensively modified to accommodate a full-length flight deck with four landing spots. San Giusto, the third vessel, has not been modified since construction, however featured an improved design, and is normally employed as a training ship.
|Marina Militare San Giorgio class|
|San Giorgio||L9892||929 ||27 May 1985||21 February 1987||13 February 1988||Arremba San Zorzo||In service|
|San Marco||L9893||5825||26 March 1985||10 October 1987||14 May 1988||Ti con nu, nu con ti||In service|
|San Giusto||L9894||5932||19 August 1991||2 December 1993||14 April 1994||Coragio no manca
co' semo nel giusto
|Algerian National Navy Improved San Giorgio class/BDSL|
|Kalaat Béni Abbès||474||6235||11 January 2012 ||14 January 2014 ||4 September 2014 ||In service with
The two oldest vessels of this class are scheduled for replacement. The Italian Navy has received the go-ahead to procure two 21,000/24,000-ton 190-metre (620 ft) long amphibious assault ships (Landing Helicopter Dock), with the possibility of a third ship, configured with extensive aviation facilities (Landing Helicopter Assault).
Improved San Giorgio or Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique
In July 2011 the Algerian Navy placed an order with Fincantieri for an improved version of the San Giorgio class amphibious transport ships classified as Bâtiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique (BDSL). On 8 January 2014 the BDSL was launched on a barge at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Levante.
Kalaat Béni-Abbès is fitted with Aster 15 behind the island superstructure, with one OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid at the bow and with two 25mm remote weapon stations. The BDSL can accommodate three Landing Craft Mechanized, three small Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel, one large Landing Craft Personnel and two semi-rigid boats. The hangar can accommodate up to 15 armoured vehicles. The crew will consist of 150 sailors while the ship may accommodate a landing force of 440 soldiers.
- Bishop, Chris; Chris Chant (2004). Aircraft Carriers. London: Summertime Publishing Ltd. p. 223. ISBN 0-7603-2005-5.
'San Giorgio' class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD)
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