Monday, February 26, 2024

Italian Navy News

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Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Italian Navy's New Oceanographic Ship

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new Hydro-Oceanographic Ship (N.I.O.M.) for the Italian Navy.Scheduled for delivery from the integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano in 2026, the new vessel is intended for mapping and scientific monitoring activities, as well as in support of the initiatives of the Hydrographic Institute, took place today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard.The ship will feature technologies to contain emissions, a diesel-electric propulsion system to optimize fuel consumption and hull shapes to reduce drag.

Fincantieri to Build Two Submarines for Italian Navy for $1.64B

Italy's Fincantieri will sign as prime contractor a contract worth 1.35 billion euros ($1.64 billion) for the construction of two new-generation submarines for the Italian Navy, the shipbuilder said on Friday.The contract, signed together with OCCAR (the international organization for joint armament cooperation) includes an option for the construction of two additional units, a statement said.The project is part of the new U212NFS (Near Future Submarine) acquisition program of the Italian Navy, an evolution of the U212A program carried out in cooperation with German naval supplier

NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. Photo: NATO CMRE

NATO RV Alliance is not just quiet, it’s ice-capable

ship, or they’re unable to meet it from the UNOLS pool, they’ll come to me.Is it difficult to put another rider on your ship to conduct whatever experiment they want to do?Not at all.  We always try to accommodate them.And scheduling-wise, you have to accommodate the needs of the Italian Navy.That’s right.Do the Italian sailors look upon Alliance as good duty?They love the variety of it, and they love the ship itself, but as far as sea time goes, they tend to spend more time away than they would normally.Are they required to do the day-to-day maintenance?Yes, they are.So what&rsquo

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

and they can decide how best to approach and collect information on that target and make collaborative decision.  We’ve proven the deep learning; have put the automatic target recognition onboard the vehicles; and have the vehicles talking to each other. When we did the Italian Minex, the Italian Navy put their Efolaga unmanned vehicles in the water and we talked to them. We used our open-architecture MUSCLE [Minehunting UUV for Shallow Water Covert Littoral Expedition] vehicle, which is a modified General Dynamics Mission Systems Bluefin-21. We didn’t do anything to their vehicles &ndash

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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

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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