The technical launch of the fourth Multipurpose Offshore Patrol (PPA), “Giovanni delle Bande Nere”, took place on February 12 at the Fincantieri plant in Riva Trigoso.
This PPA, which will be delivered in 2024, is the first in the “complete” version, that is equipped with the maximum defense capability, as well as the first in the series to mount the generators of Isotta Fraschini Motori, a subsidiary of Fincantieri specialized in the production of diesel engines.
The unit is part of the plan for the renewal of the operational lines of the naval units of the Italian Navy, decided by the Italian Government and Parliament and launched in May 2015 under the aegis of OCCAR (Organization for joint cooperation in the field of armaments).
Technical characteristics of the unit: PPA – Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Boats
The multi-purpose offshore patrol vessel represents a highly flexible type of ship with the ability to perform multiple tasks ranging from patrolling with rescue capabilities at sea, to Civil Protection operations, as well as, in its most equipped version, from a former fighter ship. line.
For the seven units of the program, in fact, different combat system configurations are foreseen: starting from a “light” one, relating to the patrolling task, integrated with self-defense capabilities, up to a “complete” one, described previously.
The patrol boat is also able to use fast boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to a length of over 11 meters by means of side cranes or a launching ramp located at the extreme stern.
133 meters long
Speed over 31 knots depending on the configuration and operational set-up
145 crew members and accommodation capacity up to 181 beds
Combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion system, i.e. with electric motors for low speeds
Ability to supply drinking water and electricity to land The Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels will be built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, with deliveries expected until 2026.