Fincantieri launched a new Italian Navy multi-purpose offshore patrol ship (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura; PPA) at its Genoa facilities on Saturday, March 13.
The future Raimondo Montecuccoli is the third of a planned class of seven ships to be used for patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and civil protection missions. It will have a length of 133 metres, space for 171 crew, and a propulsion system consisting of a combined diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) arrangement and electric motors.
The vessel will be delivered to the navy in 2023. All seven vessels under the Thaon di Revel-class are expected to be handed over by 2026.
The PPA honours Raimondo Montecuccoli, an Italian general who fought under the Austrian Empire during the Thirty Years’ War.
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