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CAVOUR aircraft carrier (2009)


Cavour 2008


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Cavour C550   Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso & Muggiano 17.7.2001 20.7.2004 10.6.2009 in service (2019)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t27900
Length, m

235.6 wl 244.0 oa

Breadth, m

29.5 wl 40.3 fd

Draught, m

7.40 mean 8.70 max

No of shafts



4 General Electric-FiatAvio LM2500 gas turbines

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

gas turbine oil

Endurance, nm(kts)7000(16)

2 x 16 Sylver A43 SAM (32 Aster-15), 3 x 1 - 25/87 KBA25/80, 24 aircraft (AV-8B+ Harrier attackers, Merlin, NH90 helicopters)

Military load4 LCVP, 350 troops, 24 tanks
Electronic equipmentSPY-790 EMPAR, SPS-798, SPS-791, SPN-753, SPN-720, SPN-41A, 2x NA-25XP radars, SASS e/o IR system, 2x GEM e/o directors, SNA-2000 sonar, JASS, JANEWS ECM suites, 2x SCLAR-H decoy RL, 2x SLAT anti-torpedo systems, SEIC CCS
Complement796 + 145 flag staff

Air group

Year VSTOL attackers Helicopters
2010 8 AV-8B Harrier 12 AW101 ASW Merlin, AW101 AEW Merlin
2016 8 AV-8B Harrier 12 AW101 ASW Merlin, NH-90 NFH, Bell 212 ASW, AW101 AEW Merlin

Standard scale images

<i>Cavour</i> 2015
Cavour 2015


<i>Cavour </i>2008
Cavour 2008
<i>Cavour </i>2010s
Cavour 2010s

Aircraft facilities

 (fd - 5,900m², ha - 2,818m² / 20,290m³): Flight deck: 232.6(220.0 by ski-jump)x34.5m. Hangar: 134.2x21.0x7.20m. Two 30t elevators, 21.6x14.0m centerline and 15.0x14.0 deck-edge. There is 12°-inclined ski-jump.

Project history

Initial design funding was provided in the 1996 budget; construction approved in 1998, with provisional order placed in November 2000. Initially referred to as the UMPA (Unita Maggiore Per Operazione Anfibe) but officially conceded to be an aircraft carrier late in 1998 and subsequently called the NUM (Nuova Unita Maggiore). Largest warship built in Italy since World War II. The vessel was previously known unofficially as the Andrea Doria. Considered a multirole ship employable as an amphibious warfare asset, vehicle ferry, disaster-relief ship, strike carrier, or sea-control ship. Fabrication began in June 2001, and the ship ran trials beginning in 2006.

There are six deck spots for EH.101 or NH-90 helicopters. The 2,500m² vehicle garage/hangar is 134.2 m long, 21.0 m wide, and 6.0 m high (with an 11-m-high area for maintenance); it holds 12 EH.101 helicopters or eight AV-8B or U.S. Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and can also be used to accommodate vehicles. There are two 15t munition elevators. The planned torpedo tubes were eliminated in favor of the navigation aid and mine-avoidance sonar.


2012: + 2 x 1 - 76/62 OTO-Melara Compact SR Strale, 2x SPG-76 radars

Naval service

No significant events.