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Saturday, June 15, 2019 

The launching ceremony of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) 'Paolo Thaon di Revel' has taken place at Fincantieriís shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia).

The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, Admiral Valter Girardelli, by Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono.

The PPA, first of a seven-ship class, will be delivered in 2021 and it is part of the Italian Navy renewal plan. The PPA vessel is a highly flexible design capable of serving multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to Civil Protection operations and, in its most highly equipped version, first line fighting vessel. Several different configurations of combat system can be accommodated, starting from a 'soft' version for patrol duties, integrated for self-defence ability, to a 'full' version, equipped for a complete defence ability. The vessel is capable of operating high-speed vessels such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to 11m long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.

The vessel is 132.5m long, with speed capability of more than 31 knots according to vessel configuration and operational conditions. Crew complement is 171 persons. Propulsion is by a combined diesel and gas turbine plant (CODAG) and an electric propulsion system. The vessel has two modular zones at the stern and at the center allowing carriage of various types of containerized operating/logistic/residential/healthcare modules; the stern area may receive and handle within a covered area up to five modules in ISO 20ft containers, while the central zone may receive and handle up to eight ISO 20ft containers.

The PPAs will be built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, with delivery of the first vessel in class scheduled for 2021, while following deliveries will take place in 2022, 2023, 2024 (two units), 2025 and 2026.

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