Italian Navy’s First PPA Offshore Patrol Ship, Paolo Thaon di Revel, Begins Sea Trials

The Italian Navy’s first PPA Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship, Paolo Thaon di Revel (P430), sailed for the first time in the blue waters of the Gulf of La Spezia on Nov. 12.

The First Sea Going (FSG) is a crucial contractual milestone towards the delivery of the ship to the Navy.

Paolo Thaon di Revel is the First of Class (FOC) PPA (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura, Offshore Multipurpose Patrol Ship) in Light configuration. During the FSG, several platform systems/equipment installed on-board have been set up and successfully tested.

The vessel was launched earlier this year by its builder Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). She is expected to complete the sea trials in March 2021 and to be delivered to the Navy in May 2021.

In May 2015, Fincantieri received an order to deliver 7 PPA vessels to the Italian Navy as part of its fleet renewal plan, with OCCAR as contracting authority. The PPA vessels are planned to replace Navy’s four Soldati class light patrol frigates and eight Minerva class corvettes between 2021/2035.

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

The first four ships are currently in the production stage. The second one, also in Light configuration, will be named after the Venetian Doge “Francesco Morosini”, and will be launched in March 2020.

Specifications:

• 132.5 meters long
• Speed more than 31 knots according to vessel configuration and operational conditions
• 171 persons of the crew
• Equipped with a combined diesel, a gas turbine plant (CODAG) and an electric propulsion system
• Capacity to supply drinking water to land
• Capacity to provide electricity to land with 2000 kW of power
• 2 modular zones at the stern and at the center of the ship that allow the embarking of various types of containerized operating/logistic/residential/healthcare modules (in particular, the stern area may receive and handle within a covered area up to 5 modules in ISO 20” containers, while the central zone may receive and handle up to 8 ISO 20” containers)



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