Italian Navy News

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Italian Navy Divers Practice with Explosives

A team of Italian specialist Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers carried out mine-countermeasures training on Friday, April 13, to prepare for potential threats that may affect international shipping and delay essential sea cargoes.As part of the training, the EOD divers from Italian Navy Frigate ITS Margottini put a floating ‘dummy’ mine into the sea and then carried out a controlled explosion.ITS Margottini is currently deployed on counter-piracy operations as part of EU NAVFOR’s Op Atalanta. EU NAVFOR warships have been committed, since December 2008, to ensure the

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval trawler Islay in 1942.   The Scirè lies in 35 meters of water on a sandy bottom, six miles outside of Haifa. In 1984 the Italian Navy Special Forces “COMSUBIN” led a successful mission with the ship Anteo to retrieve the remains of 42 bodies trapped inside.   The operation that led to the sinking of Scirè is interesting. It was made possible by the leading-edge technology then used by the British intelligenc

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Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

The submarine Romeo Romei was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the last of the four U212A Todaro class twin units ordered from Fincantieri by the Naval Armament Unit – NAVARM for the Italian Navy.    Romeo Romei, as its twin unit Pietro Venuti delivered last July at the Muggiano shipyard, features highly innovative technological solutions. It is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature.    Romei has a surface displacement of 1,509 metric tons, an overall

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NATO Science Mission Employs ‘Double Muscle’

, classification and identification) and improve autonomous localization capabilities through underwater communications. Networks of heterogeneous self-organizing robots are put to the test, in order to achieve better and more rapid MCM missions. External partners are also involved, including the Italian Navy REMUS AUV team and Greek observers. The overall goal of CMRE work in the field is to provide NATO nations with the concept demonstration of a reliable system of systems for MCM operations.  GAMEX ‘17 opens the CMRE 2017 sea trial series on board NRV Alliance which is one of the only

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REP16: a Global At-sea Campaign

to increase interoperability and underwater communications capabilities, automation and cooperation of unmanned underwater, surface and aerial vehicles. REP16-Atlantic also marks the first international research campaign of the NATO Research Vessel Alliance after the new flag agreement with the Italian Navy.   The REP16-Atlantic features and objectives have been presented on 18 July in Lisbon (Portugal), in the presence of Rear Admiral Matthew A. Zirkle (U.S. Navy), Deputy Chief of Staff Submarines – COMSUBNATO, Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister of the Sea of Portugal, Marcos Perestrello

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Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

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.    The

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Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

Lazio, Chief Of Staff NATO Allied Maritime Command. “This exercise is a unique opportunity to enhance naval forces’ warfighting skills in all three dimensions of Anti-Submarine-Warfare in a multinational and multi-threat environment. We appreciate the outstanding host nation support of the Italian Navy that is required to make this challenging and effective exercise happen” To support the simulated multi-threat environment, 9 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Helicopters from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States will operate from Sigonella Air Base under

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Hydro-Lek Manipulators Used on Italian Navy ROV

Hydro-Lek has delivered two five-function manipulators to Italian ROV manufacturer, Ageotec, for the Italian Navy for submarine research and rescue. The manipulators are fitted onto a Pegaso ROV system which also includes a motorized winch, silenced diesel power generator as well as a USBL and sonar system. Ageotec were selected by COMSUBIN (the Italian Navy’s diver unit) to provide an open frame ROV system for visual and instrumentation research, objects recovery and underwater rescue. The system accomplished its first mission in April and is now fully operational. “ThisPegaso

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OceanWorks Upgrades Italian Navy ADS

OceanWorks International says it has carried out a major system upgrade of the Italian Navy’s Atmospheric Diving Systems (ADS). Taking advantage of thruster improvements and upgraded electronic systems, the enhancements to the HARDSUIT System are focused in two main areas; Thruster and buoyancy systems 
 Electronics and communications systems Oceanworks explains that it capitalized on the improvements in performance and reliability of subsea thruster systems by developing a proprietary subsea thruster power unit. To accommodate the change in physical configuration and weight

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HUGIN AUV Chosen for Polish Navy Countermeasures

HiPAP underwater communication and positioning system, which provides USBL updates and underwater data communication with the HUGIN 1000, or other underwater vehicles. HUGIN is currently operational with several navies around the world including the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Finnish Navy and the Italian Navy, in addition to being used by commercial companies. It is capable of performing high-speed surveys with excellent navigation and payload data quality to a depth of 1,000, 3,000 or 4,500 meters, depending on configuration. It can carry several different types of high performance survey sensors

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OceanWorks Upgrades Italian Navy Vessel

OceanWorks International  delivered a system upgrade for the first of the Italian Navy’s three Atmospheric Diving Systems (ADS). After its previous refurbishment in 1999, the first Italian Hardsuit was returned to OceanWorks International for the latest configuration upgrade. The upgrade to the Quantum II configuration offers improved operational, maintenance and training features including more powerful SAAB Seaeye SM7 thrusters and a completely redesigned and upgraded electronics, communication and monitoring system to allow better control and monitoring of the system performance by

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