Cavour Aircraft Carrier

OperatorsItalian Navy

The Cavour Aircraft Carrier is a symbol of Italy’s naval power and technological advances. The Cavour Aircraft Carrier has not only played an important role in Italy’s naval defence capabilities, but has also made significant contributions to global operations. In this comprehensive article, we will examine the rich history of the Cavour Aircraft Carrier class, its mission capabilities, armament, user nations, general characteristics and lasting impact.

The Cavour (Italian: portaerei Cavour) is an Italian aircraft carrier that was launched in 2004. It serves as the flagship of the Italian Navy.

Cavour Aircraft Carrier Project History

The carrier’s construction began in July 2001. Initially, it was intended to be named Andrea Doria, but it was later christened Cavour after Camillo di Cavour, Italy’s first prime minister. Fincantieri

On 20 July 2004, the ship was launched, followed by nearly four years of sea trials. It was officially commissioned into the Italian Navy on 27 March 2008.

Cavour Aircraft Carrier

Mission Description of the Cavour Aircraft Carrier

The primary missions and roles of the Cavour Aircraft Carrier class within the Italian Navy are multifaceted. Its contributions to Italy’s maritime defense capabilities and global operations are significant, reflecting its adaptability and strategic importance in various naval scenarios. The ship class’s versatility and functionality make it an indispensable asset to the Italian Navy.

Cavour Aircraft Carrier and her Crew

Ships in the Class

The Cavour Aircraft Carrier is the only ship of its class.

Cavour aircraft carrier image published by the manufacturer Fincantieri

Cavour Aircraft Carrier Armament Load

Air Defence Systems4 × 8-cell A-43 Sylver launchers with MBDA Aster 15 surface-to-air missile.
Guns2 × 76/62 mm OTO Melara Strales guns
3 × 25/80 mm Oerlikon Contraves
Decoy2 × ODLS-H/ODLS OTO Melara decoy launching systems

Cavour Aircraft Carrier Specifications

Displacement: Approximately 27,100 metric tons (26,700 long tons) (30,000 MT at full load).
Length244 meters (800 feet 6 inches) overall.
Beam: Varies from 29.1 meters (95 feet 6 inches) to 39 meters (127 feet 11 inches) molded breadth.
Draught8.7 meters (28 feet 7 inches).
COGAG scheme with;
2x shafts
4x General Electric/Avio LM2500+ gas turbines providing 88,000 kW (118,000 bhp)
6x diesel generators Wärtsila CW 12V200 (13,200 kW or 17,700 bhp).
Speed: Capable of reaching +29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph) (maximum sustained speed at 85% MCR).
Range: Covers 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km; 8,100 miles) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph).
Complement: Total crew of 1,202 (with an option for 90 more).
Includes 5 Flag Officers and VIPs486 crew members211 embarked air wing, and 140 C4 staff, 360 troops
Other specs: 4 LCVP,
Flight deck232.60 meters (763 feet 1 inch) × 34.5 meters (113 feet 2 inches).
Hangar capacity134.2 meters (440 feet 3 inches) × 21.0 meters (68 feet 11 inches).

Aircraft Carried

12x F-35B Lightning II or 24x C1 ARIETE MBT
4x NH-90
3X AgustaWestland AW-101

The Cavour played a crucial role in Haiti earthquake relief operations as part of Operation White Crane in early 2010. Also Turkiye’s 2023 earthquakes

The Cavour continues to serve actively, combining its diverse capabilities in naval operations.

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