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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Italian Navy News

MAN Gensets Delivered for Italian Patrol Vessel

The MAN 175D engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Following an order won in October 2016, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has delivered gensets for the first of new series of Italian Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and has secured an order for second shipset. After the successful factory acceptance tests (FAT) in July 2017 witnessed by a delegation from the Italian Navy, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has delivered four MAN 12V175D generating sets to Fincantieri Muggiano Shipyard, where the first of a class of seven Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura - PPA) is currently under construction.

Patrol Vessels Delivered to Bangladesh Coast Guard

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Two Minerva class corvettes decommissioned by the Italian Navy have been delivered to the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) following upgrade and conversion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. Urania and Danaide, renamed Karamuzzaman and Mansoor Ali, are the final two units part of the supply contract of four offshore patrol vessels (OPV), to the BCG, which have been retired from the national fleet in March 2016. Together with Minerva and Sibilla, renamed Syed Nazrul and Tajuddin and delivered in August 2016…

Italian Navy New Multibeam Echo Sounder Projects

Galathea and the Arethusa. sounder, a towed sidescan sonar, dynamic positioning system, etc. system. been contracted to Kongsberg Maritime. which are on the "Galathea" and the "Arethusa". be used for various inshore survey operations. "Anteo".

Navy Installs New Multibeam Echo Sounders

In 2000 the Italian Navy Hydrographic Service installed two EM 300 multibeam echo sounder systems on their two new survey vessels, the "Galathea" and the "Arethusa". These two vessels have a wide spread of equipment from Kongsberg Maritime including EA 500 single beam echo sounder, a towed sidescan sonar, dynamic positioning system, etc. In the beginning of this year the Italian Navy Hydrographic Service again awarded a very important contract to Kongsberg Maritime for the supply of five multibeam echo sounder systems, four EM 3000 systems and one EM 1002 system. The supply of all sensors, associated with the multibeam has also been contracted to Kongsberg Maritime.

Italian Navy Opts for Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine

Photo: Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Fincantieri to provide MT30 gas turbines to power the Italian Navy’s new multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The Derby-based company will supply two of its MT30 gas turbines to power a 20,000-tonne landing helicopter dock vessel, which will be the second largest ship in Italy’s navy. Based on Rolls’ Trent 800 jet engine used on aircraft such as the Boeing 777, the MT30 is already installed on the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and is due to be used in Type 26 frigates when work on them begins.

New Flag for NATO Research Vessel

Admiral Foffi speech  Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, gives his speech. On the right Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director

The larger of CMRE’s ships is now operated by an Italian military crew under an Italian Navy Flag. On 9 April 2016, at the Italian Naval Base in La Spezia (Italy), the Raising of the Italian Flag Ceremony was held in the presence of Italian and NATO civilian and military authorities, including Vice Admiral Ignacio J. Horcada Rubio, SACT Representative in Europe, Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, Major General Albert Husniaux, NATO STO (Science and Technology Organization) Chief Scientist, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director.

FREMM Rizzo Delivered to the Italian Navy

Photo: Fincantieri

The frigate Rizzo was delivered to the Italian Navy at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the sixth vessel of the FREMM program – Multi Mission European Frigates – commissioned to Fincantieri within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation). Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51 percent Fincantieri and 49 percent Leonardo) is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program, which envisions the building of 10 units, all already ordered.

New Frigate Delivered to the Italian Navy

Photo: Fincantieri

The frigate Alpino was delivered today at the Muggiano, La Spezia shipyard. It is the fifth vessel of the FREMM program - Multi Mission European Frigates - commissioned to Fincantieri within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation). Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51 percent Fincantieri and 49 percent Finmeccanica) is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program, which  envisions the construction of 10 units, all already ordered.

GE Deliver FREMM Warship Gas Turbines

Gas Turbine Engine LM2500+G4: Photo credit GE

GE delivers two LM2500+G4 marine gas turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM frigates. GE Marine has delivered two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbines to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbines will power the Italian and French Navy’s fifth and seventh FREMM frigates, respectively. The first French Navy frigate Aquitaine of the Italian-French FREMM program was launched in December 2010 at DCNS’ shipyard in Lorient, France. The first Italian Navy FREMM Bergamini was launched in June 2011.

Fincantieri to Supply Four OPVs to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

Image: Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and converted into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services. These units, which will be decommissioned by the Italian Navy and replaced by the new vessels covered by the fleet renewal program, have been remised by the Italian Navy through a reselling contract executed by the Central Unit for Naval Armament and Fincantieri.

RINA Provides MARPOL Certification to Italian Navy

The Italian Navy training ship Amerigo Vespucci, which has been designated a UNICEF ‘ambassador’ vessel, has become one of the first MARPOL-compliant naval ships after receiving MARPOL certification from classification society RINA. And the rest of the Italian naval fleet, numbering roughly 70 vessels, is set to follow suit, even though there is no legal or regulatory requirement for it to do so. A ceremony to mark the Amerigo Vespucci compliance took place in Livorno Harbor on July 6, when RINA CEO Ugo Salerno made a presentation on board the vessel to its commanding officer. Also in attendance was Vice-Admiral Franco Paoli, Commander-in-Chief of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Department.

GE Gas Turbine to Power Italian Frigate

LM2500+G4 (Photo: GE)

GE Marine has received an order to supply one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio Aero of Turin, Italy, a GE Aviation business. The gas turbine will power the Italian Navy’s eighth FREMM frigate. Through Avio Aero, at least 17 LM2500+G4 gas turbines are expected to provide propulsion for the Italian-French-Moroccan FREMM program, which includes eight ships each for the Italian and French navies and one ship for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Other international navies are considering the FREMM frigate for use in their fleets.

GE to Supply Avio Aero with Gas Turbine for French Frigate

LM2500+G4 (Photo: GE)

GE Marine has received an order to supply one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio Aero of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbine will power the French Navy’s ninth FREMM frigate. Through Avio Aero, at least 18 LM2500+G4 gas turbines will provide propulsion for the Italian-French FREMM program, which includes six ships for the Italian Navy, 11 ships for the French Navy, and one ship for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Other international navies are considering the FREMM frigate for use in their fleets.

GE Delivers Gas Turbine to Avio for French Navy Vessel

Photo: GE

GE Marine has delivered one LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbine to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbine will power the French Navy’s eighth FREMM frigate Lorraine. The Italian-French FREMM program marks the first application in the marine sector of GE’s LM2500+G4 gas turbine, which has 17% more power than its LM2500+ predecessor. Through Avio, 18 LM2500+G4 gas turbines will provide propulsion for the current FREMM program, which includes six ships for the Italian Navy, 11 ships for the French Navy, and one ship for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

GlobalSantaFe Assists Crew From Offshore Rig in Mediterranean

Houston-based offshore drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that an 84-person crew was evacuated from one of its offshore drilling rigs that encountered a severe storm in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel. The Italian Navy and U.S. evacuation efforts. The offshore drilling rig remains afloat approximately 50 miles offshore Israel. At the time of the storm, the rig, named Key Singapore, was in the process of moving to a new location offshore Egypt. storm caused two of the three tugboats moving the rig to lose their towline connections. Four tugboats are currently on location, with one still attached to the rig. At this time, GlobalSantaFe said that it does not know of any significant damage to the rig. Previous media coverage erroneously reported the rig had sunk.

Shipyard Fincantieri Launch Multi-purpose Frigate

Warship 'Virginio Fasan': Photo credit Fincantieri

Following the launch of the “Carlo Bergamini” last July, Fincantieri's  Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard has launched  sister-ship frigate “Virginio Fasan”, which is due for delivery at the end of 2012. The vessel is the second of a series of  Fremm vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates -  which were ordered from Fincantieri by the  Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation. Present at the ceremony were, Gianluigi Magri, Undersecretary for Defence…

Italy Yard Launch Fremm Warship

Fremm Frigate Carlo Margottini: Photo credit Fincantieri

Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrates the launch of the frigate “Carlo Margottini”, the third of a series of Fremm vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation. Godmother to the ship was Ms. Stefania Portaccio, granddaughter of Captain Carlo Margottini. The frigate was named in honour of Captain Carlo Margottini, who was decorated for military valour after the sinking of Nave Artigliere in 1940.

Fincantieri Launches Italian Navy Frigate

FREMM Frigate Alpino is the fifth of a series of 10 for the Italian Navy

Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate Alpino, the fifth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation. Godmother to the ship was Maria Rosa Solimano, cousin of Francesco Solimano awarded with the Gold Medal of Military Valor. Present at the ceremony were, among others, Claudio Burlando, Governor of Liguria, Senator Nicola Latorre…

Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

(Photo: Fincantieri)

The newly built submarine Pietro Venuti was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the third of the U212A Todaro class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. Pietro Venuti, as its twin unit Romeo Romei, launched last year in the shipyard of Muggiano, features innovative technological solutions and is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature, Fincantieri said.

Italian Navy To Join the Dots on Shipbuilding Plans

Following an announcement earlier this year by the Italian Navy's chief admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, the service's head of ship design is preparing to elaborate on plans and partnership potential at the annual Surface Warships conference being held in the UK in January 2014. "The Italian Navy is currently working to start a shipbuilding programme which would include different types of platforms, including a multirole patrol vessels, a multirole amphibious ship, a logistic support vessel and a multirole submarine support vessel," Captain Sergio Simone told Defence IQ ahead of his address, explaining that ageing destroyers, frigates, patrol ships and corvettes are all in need of urgent replacement.

Siemens Fits Out Italian Submarines

The Marine Engineering Subdivision of Siemens Industrial Projects and Technical Services Group (ATD) is fitting out two submarines for the Italian Navy with propulsion and control systems worth $60 million. About half of the order will go to Siemens Power Generation Group (KWU), which will be supplying the fuel cells for the propulsion system. Currently under construction at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard to drawings supplied by German shipyards Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG and Thyssen Nordseewerke GmbH. Siemens brings experience in the fitting out of more than 120 submarines to this project, with the Italian Navy also granting the company an option for the fitting out of two more submarines.

Gas Turbine Passes FAT for Italian Navy Ship

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce said it has achieved a milestone for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) multi-purpose amphibious vessel, to be built by Fincantieri one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, by successfully completing the factory acceptance test for the vessel’s first MT30 Gas Turbine. Rolls-Royce has been selected to provide two MT30 gas turbines to power the new 20,000 tonne displacement, multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The LHD, which will be built and launched…

Italian Navy, More Subs with Siemens Fuel Cells

Photo courtesy Siemens AG

For the Italian navy, the Siemens Industry Solutions Division is equipping two new submarines of the U212A type with fuel cell modules for air-independent propulsion. The systems are ordered by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW). Delivery of the two submarines to the Italian navy is planned for 2015 and 2016. This will increase to 30 the number of submarines plying the seas worldwide with a Siemens fuel cell technology. The order has a volume of around $42.6m. The submarines are being built at the Italian Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A shipyard.

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