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06 Jul 15. Fincantieri launches Italian Navy’s last Todaro-class submarine. Italian shipyard Fincantieri has launched the last of four U212A Todaro-class submarines ordered by the central unit for naval armament (NAVARM) for the Italian Navy.
The new submarine, Romeo Romei, will now undergo outfitting works at the Integrated Naval shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. Delivery of the submarine is expected to be in the second half of 2016. Powered by a silent propulsion system based on fuel cell technology, which generates energy through a oxygen-hydrogen reaction, the new 183ft-long vessel features highly innovative technological solutions. The submarine, with a surface displacement of approximately 1,600t and a submerged speed of more than 16k, will be capable of accommodating a 27-member crew. In addition, Romeo Romei will be constructed with a magnetic material, using advanced silencing techniques to minimise its acoustic signature, Fincantieri stated. In October last year, Fincantieri launched the third U212A Todaro-class submarines, Pietro Venuti, at its Muggiano shipyard. Pietro Venuti is scheduled to be delivered this year. After delivery, these new submarines are expected to replace the navy’s ageing Sauro-class Prini and Pelosi vessels. The shipyard previously delivered the Todaro and Scirè submarines as part of the submarine construction project launched in 1994 with the German Submarine Consortium. The Italian Navy recently awarded a €1.1bn contract to Fincantieri and Finmeccanica for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD).
This contract is part of a multi-year programme worth €5.4bn for the renewal of the navy’s fleet. (Source: naval-technology.com)
06 Jul 15. Polish Navy launches its new patrol boat ORP Slazak. Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has launched and christened the Polish Navy’s new patrol boat at the naval shipyard in Gdynia. Named ORP Slazak (Silesian), the new patrol boat represents the first Polish-built Navy ship in 21 years. Siemoniak said: “The expansion of our navy is not just sentiment and love which Poles have for the Baltic Sea, but also a necessity of our time.
“Before us lies another launch and subsequent decisions about rebuilding the strength of our navy. I think this is good news for the whole of Poland, that we are returning with new ships built in Polish shipyards.”
The new vessel will now undergo sea trials and is expected to start serving the navy late next year.
The 95.2m-long and 13.5-wide patrol boat will have a standard displacement of around 1,800t and will be capable of cruising at maximum speed of 30k.
Siemoniak also added that negotiations with Polish Armament Group are ongoing for the next six ships, including patrol and coast guard vessels.
The minister said: “There is no doubt that we need such possibilities in the Baltic Sea. Even Nato, have started looking at the possibilities of the Sea because of what is happening in Europe and around Europe.”
Powered by two main engines with a capacity of 2 x 3240kW, the new vessel is the successor of the Gawron multipurpose corvette programme. (Source: naval-technology.com)
07 Jul 15. India commissions third Rani Abbakka-class inshore patrol vessel. The Indian Coast Guard has inducted into service its third Rani Abbakka-class inshore patrol vessel (IPV). The 51m vessel, named ICGS Rani Durgavati (79), was commissioned in a ceremony presided over by the Indian Navy’s eastern naval commander, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, on 6 July. Rani Durgavati is the third of five IPVs contracted to Indian shipbuilder Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL). First- and second-in-clas