Italy: Nine patrol boats for Guardia di Finanza

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Nine new vessels designed by racing boat driver and designer Fabio Buzzi have been delivered to the Guardia di Finanza, the militarised customs and border patrol service responsible for preventing financial crime and smuggling in Italy.

The nine boats were officially handed over to the Guardia di Finanza at a ceremony attended by the Italian Minister of the Interior Roberto Maroni.

FB Design utilises Fabio Buzzi's expertise to create high-speed patrol boats. The deep-vee hull shape and enclosed cockpit enables operating speeds of up to 58 knots. The nine boats comprise four FB38 (11.5-metre) models with extended cockpit, four FB38s with smaller cockpit and enlarged forward deck area, and one FB43 (13.10 metres). Each boat has been fitted with an integrated suite of Raymarine electronics, with a large colour multi function display showing radar, GPS, digital sonar and chart data.

Eight of the boats will be used by the Guardia di Finanza for surveillance of the major lakes in Northern Italy. The largest vessel, the FB43, is to be used for protection services at the Presidential Residence of Castelporziano, a palace located just 25 kilometres from Rome.

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