Fincantieri to offer FREMM based frigate for Navy’s FFG (X) program; Trump Administration offshore drilling plan meets strong opposition

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Fincantieri to offer FREMM based frigate for Navy’s FFG (X) program
January 12, 2018 — Fincantieri Marine Group plans to compete for the U.S. Navy’s next generation FFG(X) frigate program with a design based on the FREMM frigate, in service with the Italian Navy since 2012. Fincantieri Marine Group is the shipbuilder for the Lockheed Martin led team that builds the Freedom variant LCS, so its choice of the FREMM as a parent craft design for the FFG (X) further underlines the fact that U.S. Navy is now looking for the FFG (X) to be a lot more than an upgunned LCS.

Trump Administration offshore drilling plan meets strong opposition
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Crowley liner services teams make organizational changes

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