By George Allison

Last night, a helicopter belonging to the Italian Navy crash landed aboard Horizon class Destroyer Caio Duilio. 

Local media have reported that the AW101 (the type is called Merlin in UK service) helicopter crashed during a training flight on November the 6th at 6.00 pm.

The helicopter was operating with the Horizon class destroyer ‘Caio Duilio’.

Naval News has reported that all six helicopter crew members survived and no one has been seriously injured.

The Horizon class is a class of air-defence destroyers in service with the French Navy and the Italian Navy, locally known as ‘frigates’. 

The programme started as the Common New Generation Frigate (CNGF), a multi-national collaboration to produce a new generation of air-defence frigates. In Italy the class is known as the Orizzonte class, which translates to ‘Horizon’ in French and English.

The UK then joined France and Italy in the Horizon-class frigate programme; however, differing national requirements, workshare arguments and delays led to the UK withdrawing in 1999 and starting its own national project, the Type 45 destroyer. This is why the Type 45 and Horizon class are visually similar.