Fincantieri: the third PPA "Raimondo Montecuccoli" launched in Riva Trigoso

(To Fincantieri)

The launch of the third Polivalente d'Altura Patrol (PPA), “Raimondo Montecuccoli”, took place today at the Fincantieri plant in Riva Trigoso.

The ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with the anti-contagion requirements, was attended by Sen. Stefania Pucciarelli, Undersecretary of State for Defense representing Minister Lorenzo Guerini, Adm. Eduardo Serra, Logistics Commander of the Navy, and Giuseppe Giordo, General Manager of the Military Ships Division of Fincantieri.

Godmother of the ship was Mrs. Anna Maria Pugliese, daughter of the Admiral of the Gold Medal for Military Valor Stefano Pugliese, who was commander of the light cruiser "Montecuccoli", entered service in 1935 and disbarred from the Navy fleet in 1964.

This unit, the third of seven, will be delivered in 2023 and is part of the renewal plan of the operational lines of the naval units of the Navy decided by the Government and Parliament and launched in May 2015 under the aegis of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Cooperation in matters of armaments).

Technical characteristics of the unit: PPA - Multipurpose Offshore Patrol boats

The multi-purpose offshore patrol vessel represents a highly flexible type of ship with the ability to perform multiple tasks ranging from patrolling with rescue capabilities at sea, to Civil Protection operations, as well as, in its most equipped version, from a former fighter ship. line. In fact, different combat system configurations are envisaged: starting from a "light" one, relating to the patrol task, integrated with self-defense capabilities, up to a "complete" one, equipped with the maximum defense capacity. In addition, the unit is able to use fast boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to a length of over 11 meters by means of side cranes or a launching ramp located at the extreme stern.