After having sailed from La Spezia, the Algerian ship “Kalaat Beni Abbes arrived yesterday at the naval base at Taranto, in southern Italy. This amphibious warfare ship, derived from the Italian navy’s San Giusto-class, and equipped with a “FREMM-alike” combat system, was ordered from the Italian company Orizzonte Naval Systems by the Algerian navy, through an innovative arrangement that includes the supply of an “integrated training package” integrated by the Italian Navy.
The move to Taranto took place 10 months after the ship’s launch, and only two months before the scheduled delivery to the Algerian Navy, once the ship was cleared for the voyage by the Admiral Commanding the Italian navy training center, Rear Admiral Marcello Bernard, after completing post-launch fitting out and initial training, carried out under the responsibility of the ‘New Ship Facilities Office’ at La Spezia.
The ship will now remain in port until the end of February 2015, while its crew attends the “naval tirocinio,” which is the last and most difficult part of the training syllabus, and which was designed specifically to be carried out while the ship was being built.
Training will be conducted by the Naval Air Training Center at Taranto, where the Algerian crew has already followed initial instruction “courses” when it first arrived in Italy, in October 2013. The current integrated training provides, through the execution of a targeted sequence of intensive training activities of increasing difficulty, at sea and in port, support until the achievement of full operational capability. […]