Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri has delivered the new Kalaat Beni-Abbes amphibious vessel to the Algerian Navy at its Muggiano Shipyard.

Commissioned in 2011 by the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the 143m-long, BDSL class landing platform dock (LPD) vessel is powered by two diesel engines that allow it to cruise at a maximum speed of more than 20k, while accomodating 600 personnel.

Its internal floodable dock is designed to carry a 20m-long landing craft. […]