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C551 Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi C551 is the current flagship of the Marina Militare Italiana, the Italian Navy.
Built by Fincantieri at the Monfalcone shipyards near Gorizia, laid down in March 1981, launched in 1983 and commissioned on September 30, 1985. Garibaldi is classed as a CVS–ASW (Aircraft Carrier - Anti-Submarine Warfare) and is based in Taranto.
Defences are provided by two eight-cell SAM launchers firing the SARH Aspide missile and by three Oto Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO CIWS.
Her air-wing consists of either a maximum sixteen AV-8B Harrier II Plus, or eighteen Agusta helicopters or a mix of helicopters and fighters. The flight-deck is a characteristic off-axis design with 4 degrees ski-jump for STOL aircraft, it is 174 m long and 30,4 m wide.
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