NORFOLK, Va. — The Italian navy frigate Alpino visited Norfolk this week after participating in exercises with U.S. ships while at sea.
- Mark D. Faram
- Navy Times
But its mission goes deeper than that, as the Italian Defense Ministry also says it’s here to hopefully interest U.S. officials in the ship’s design and capabilities as the U.S. Navy investigates future frigate designs.
Variations of the design are already in use by the French, Egyptian and Royal Moroccan navies.
“This overseas campaign…