Cavour (Italian: portaerei Cavour) is an Italian aircraft carrier launched in 2004. She is the flagship of the Italian Navy.
Cavour is designed to combine fixed wing V/STOL and helicopter air operations, command and control operations, and the transport of military or civil personnel and heavy vehicles.
The 134 m (440 ft), 2,800 m2 (30,000 sq ft) hangar space can double as a vehicle hold capable of holding up to 24 main battle tanks (typically Ariete) or many more lighter vehicles (50 Dardo IFV, 100+ Iveco LMV), and is fitted aft with access ramps rated to 70 tons, as well as two elevators rated up to 30 tons for aircraft.
Cavour was laid down by Fincantieri in June 2001, and was launched from the Riva Trigoso shipyard in Sestri Levante, on 20 July 2004. Sea trials began in December 2006, and she was officially commissioned 27 March 2008. Full operational capability (FOC) was reached 10 June 2009.
27,100 metric tons (26,700 long tons) (30,000 MT full load)
– 244 m (800 ft 6 in) LOA
·- 29.1 m (95 ft 6 in)
·- 39 m (127 ft 11 in) moulded breadth
8.7 m (28 ft 7 in)