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GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI aircraft carrier (1985)


Giuseppe Garibaldi 2002


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Giuseppe Garibaldi C551   Italcantieri, Monfalcone 26.3.1981 4.6.1983 30.9.1985 in service (2019)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t13850
Length, m

162.8 pp 173.8 wl 180.2 oa

Breadth, m

23.8 wl 30.4 fd

Draught, m

6.70 mean 8.20 over sonar

No of shafts



4 General Electric-Fiat LM2500 gas turbines

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

gas turbine oil

Endurance, nm(kts)7000(20)

4 x 1 Otomat SSM (4 Otomat), 2 x 8 Albatros SAM (48 Aspide), 3 x 2 - 40/70 OTO-Breda Compact Twin 40, 2 x 3 - 324 B-515 TT, 11 - 16 aircraft (AV-8B+ Harrier attackers, Sea King helicopters)

Military load400 troops
Electronic equipmentSPN-749(v)2, SPS-702, SPS-768, SPS-774, SPS-52C, 3x SPG-74, 3x SPG-75, SPN-728(v)1 radars, DE1160 sonar, SLQ-732 Nettuno ECM suite, 2x SCLAR decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, IPN-20 (SADOC 2) CCS
Complement780 + 45 flag staff

Air group

Year VSTOL attackers Helicopters
1990 --- 16 SH-3D Sea King
2005 6 AV-8B Harrier 4 SH-3D Sea King
2012 10 AV-8B+ Harrier 1 SH-3D Sea King
2017, var. 1 10 AV-8B+ Harrier 1 AW101 AEW Merlin
2017, var. 2 --- 18 AW101 Merlin, AW101 AEW Merlin, NH90 NFH

Standard scale images

<i>Giuseppe Garibaldi</i> 1990
Giuseppe Garibaldi 1990


<i> Giuseppe Garibaldi </i>2002
Giuseppe Garibaldi 2002
<i>Giuseppe Garibaldi </i>2005
Giuseppe Garibaldi 2005

Aircraft facilities

 (fd - 5,000m², ha - 1,650m² / 9,900m³): Flight deck: 173.8x30.4m. Hangar: 110.0x15.0x6.00m. Two elevators, each (18.0x10.0m, 15t). There is 6.5°-inclined, 28.5m-long ski-jump.

Project history

The first Italian aircraft carrier, this ship was originally limited in its capabilities by a law dating from 1923 preventing the Italian Navy from operating combat aircraft from ships. When this law was changed in 1992, sixteen AV-8B+ were purchased. The design envisaged VSTOL aircraft operations, since it ultimately included a ski-jump ramp forward. The hangar can accommodate either twelve SH-3D Sea King helicopters or ten AV-8B and one Sea King. Garibaldi was ordered on 20 February 1978, and began sea trials on 3 December 1984. She is equipped as a fleet flagship and also serves as an 'interpreter' between the on-shore Italian air defence system and deployed ships (their electronic data links are not compatible with the land-based system). Like the British Invincible class she can carry troops.


late 1980s: - 4 x 1 Otomat Mk 1 SSM; + 4 x 2 Teseo Mk 2 SSM (8 Otomat Mk 2)

2004: - 4 x 2 Teseo Mk 2 SSM, SPN-728(v)1, SPN-749(v)2 radars, DE1160 sonar; + SPS-753 radar, DMS 2000 sonar, SLAT anti-torpedo system

Naval service

No significant events.