The Fincantieri Shipyard launched the new logistic support ship of the Italian Navy. The ship named Vulcano (A 5335) floated at the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia.
The European defense procurement organization, OCCAR, ordered the May 2015 in the name of Italian Ministry of Defence, and the hull parts of the platform were built at different shipyards and consolidated at Muggiano. The system integration efforts of the ship will continue until December, and Vulcano will begin sea acceptance trials in September 2019.
The ship has a displacement of 27,200 tons and is 192,2 meters long and 24 meters wide. Built with RINA standards, the twin hull platform can make vertical supply to two EH-101 helicopters at the same time, except for ships. Vulcano, with NATO Role 2 medical facilities, will be able to accommodate up to 235 personnel and can also take part in humanitarian operations, if necessary. Thanks to its special equipment, it will also be able to supply electricity and clean water to people on the shore in relief operations. The Canadian-based Hepburn Engineering supplied the resupply systems of the ship. She has four fluid transfer stations, two heavy-load transfer stations, two light-load transfer stations and one refueling station on the aft.