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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 8
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Fincantieri
Parent System: Maestrale
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 8
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Description: The Maestrale class frigates were designed to perform primarily anti-surface warfare missions and anti-air and anti-submarine warfare as secondary roles. The Italian Navy ordered 8 frigates of this class with the lead ship commissioned in 1982. Basically, the Maestrale frigate evolved from Lupo frigate design featuring increased displacement and larger aft flight deck and hangar.

The propulsion system combines diesel and gas engines (CODOG) enabling the entire ship to reach a maximum speed of 35 knots. The weapon system consists of two AB-212 helicopters (UH-1 model), 8 Otomat anti-ship missiles (4 Teseo missile systems), 1 Albatros with 8 Aspide missiles + 16 Aspides on storage, one 127mm naval gun, two 40mm anti-air guns, and A184 torpedoes.

According to Italian Navy plans, the Maestrale-class frigates will commence to withdraw from active service in 2010.

Maestrale Specifications

Crew: 225
Number of Weapons: 32
Beam: 12.9 meter (42 foot)
Length: 122 meter (400 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Max Range: 11,200 kilometer (6,048 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 50,000 shp (37.3 MW)
Top Speed: 17 mps (33.1 knot)
Full Displacement: 3,040 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 81
Cannons & Gear
127/54 Compactx1
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
Otomat Mk2 Block IVx8
Private Aircraft
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems

Maestrale Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
F570 Maestrale-1982-
F571 Grecale-1983-
F572 Libeccio-1983-
F573 Scirocco-1983-
F574 Aliseo-1983-
F575 Euro-1984-
F576 Espero-1985-
F577 Zeffiro-1985-

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