The Italian Horizon-type guided missile destroyer Caio Duilio (side number D554) entered the Naval Port of Gdynia on Saturday morning.
The arrival of the Italian ship in the Port of Gdynia was announced by Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak. The ship docked in the Navy’s harbour at 9 am on Saturday.
Błaszczak wrote on Twitter on Saturday:
“The Italian allied missile destroyer CaioDuilio has arrived in Poland with powerful anti-aircraft and anti-missile weaponry, which will strengthen the defence of the Polish coast and the protection of Poland’s critical infrastructure.”
The vessel is 153 metres long and 20.3 wide. The destroyer is armed with a PAAMS missile system with 48 vertical launchers for Aster 15/Aster 30 anti-aircraft missiles (combat range – 30 and 120 km. The ship also has eight Otomat anti-ship missile launchers and is equipped with 25 and 76-mm cannons and torpedo launchers.
Caio Duilio reaches a speed of 29 knots (approximately 54 km/h). It has an airstrip and hangar for a helicopter. The vessel’s crew number is 230.
The ship entered service with the Italian Navy on 22 September 2011. She was named after a Roman commander from the Punic War period, who was victorious in the naval battle of Mylae in 260 BC.