Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi

Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) is an Italian aircraft carrier, the current flagship of the Marina Militare Italiana, the Italian Navy. The aircraft carrier was built by Fincantieri (Italcantieri) at the Monfalcone shipyards near Gorizia. She was laid down in March 1981, launched in 1983 and was commissioned on September 30, 1985. Garibaldi is classed as a CVS-ASW or Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft Carrier and is based in Taranto. 

The Allied-Italian peace treaty ending the Second World War banned Italy from having an aircraft carrier, so at the time of her launch she did not receive her Harriers and was formally classed as an aircraft carrying cruiser. Until 1988 only Italian helicopters landed on her deck, as well as RAF Harriers during NATO joint maneuvers. The ban was eventually lifted and in 1989 she obtained her own Harriers. 

Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1983
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Italy 1985 2008 View


Laid down: March 1981

Displacement: 13,850 tons

Length: 180.2 m

Beam: 33.4 m

Draught: 7.5 m

Propulsion: 4 x General Electric/Avio LM2500 gas turbines providing 82,000  hp

6 x Diesel generators (9.360 KW)

Speed: 30+ knots

Range: 7,000 nautical miles at 20 knots

Complement: 630 Crew

100 Fleet Air Arm

100 C4 staff

Sensors and processing systems: MM/SPS-768 (RAN 3L) long-range radar

SPS-774 (RAN-10S) early warning radar

AN/SPS-52C early warning radar

SPS-702 CORA surface search radar

SPN-749 navigation radar

SPN-728 approach radar

RTN-30 fire control radar

RTN-10X fire control radar

DE 1160 LF hull sonar

Electronic warfare and decoys: SLQ-732 jamming system

SCLAR decoy launcher

SLAT anti-torpedo system

SLQ-25 Nixie towed torpedo decoy

Armament: 2 x Mk.29 octuple launcher for Sea Sparrow/Selenia Aspide SAM

3 x Oto Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO

2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes

4 x Otomat Mk 2 SSM (removed)

Aircraft carried: AV-8B Harrier II fighter/bombers

Augusta SH-3D or AgustaWestland EH101 helicopters (ASW, ASH and AEW)

End notes