The supply of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol ship (PPA – Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura) “Paolo Thaon di Revel”, first of seven vessels, happened at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) on March 18. The PPAs are constructed on the Built-in Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, with deliveries anticipated till 2026, and they’re a part of the renewal plan of the operational traces of the Italian Navy vessels, authorized by the Authorities and Parliament and began in Could 2015 (“Naval Act”) below the aegis of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the worldwide group for cooperation on arms).

Paolo Thaon di Revel was laid down on 9 Could 2017 at Fincantieri Muggiano and launched on 15 June 2019. Anticipated to be commissioned in Could 2021. 15 November 2019, she underwent her first sea trial off the Gulf of La Spezia. ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel had been scheduled for supply in Could 2021, and commissioning in November 2021. Whereas the ship will now enter service after a number of months of delay, it isn’t unusual for lead ships of latest vessel courses to expertise delays. A fourth ship within the class, future ITS Giovanni delle Bande Nere, was launched in the identical month.


Italian Navy Receives Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) Paolo Thaon di Revel. (Picture by Marina Militare)

It’s deliberate to switch 4 Soldati-class mild patrol frigates and eight Minerva-class corvettes between 2021/2035. As a part of the 2014 Naval Regulation, a complete of sixteen ships are deliberate and as of 2019 seven vessels have been financed with three extra on possibility. The category, designed with a excessive degree of modularity and automation, will probably be delivered in a full, a light-weight+ and a light-weight configuration by way of completely different sensors and gear embarked and might carry out a number of capabilities, starting from patrol with sea rescue capability to civil safety operations and, in its most extremely outfitted model, first-line combating vessel.

The Italian Navy ordered the brand new MBDA TESEO MK/2E heavy-duty missile (TESEO “EVO”), a long-range anti-ship missile with additionally strategic land assault functionality. The missile may have a brand new terminal “head” with a twin RF seeker (Radio Frequency) and, presumably, date the necessity to even assault floor targets, IIR (Imaging IR). In comparison with the predecessor OTOMAT/TESEO, the TESEO “EVO” MK/2E has a double vary of greater than 360 km. The Mild configuration has solely gun armament. The Mild+ and Full choices additionally mount Aster anti-aircraft missiles and torpedoes. All configurations have the choice to mount TESEO “EVO” MK2/E anti-ship missile launchers.

Italian Navy Receives Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) Paolo Thaon di Revel
Italian Navy Receives Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) Paolo Thaon di Revel. (Picture by Marina Militare)