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Could this be the new US Navy frigate design?

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.

Fur 8hCommissioned in September 2016, the ship is an anti-submarine variant of the European multi-purpose frigate and is built by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

Variations of the design are already in use by the French, Egyptian and Royal Moroccan navies.

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