The company said Wednesday Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipbuilders have begun cutting steel for the future USS Constellation, which is being built under the Navy’s FFG(X) program.
In a separate announcement, the Navy said the construction comes after the shipyard completed a production readiness review in July.
According to Marco Galbiati, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group, the company has invested more than $300 million in upgrading and building new facilities in the Marinette shipyard to accommodate the frigate construction.
“Using our new facilities and industry-leading best practices, we stand ready to deliver the two frigates a year the Navy requires,” Galbiati said.
Fincantieri Marinette Marine is contracted to build up to 10 Constellation-class guided missile frigates for the Navy under a potential 15-year, $5.6 billion contract awarded in 2020.
The service branch envisions the multimission warships to support anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, air warfare, surface warfare and information operations.