Sarzana, 09 July 2019 – Intermarine, a subsidiary of the Immsi S.p.A. industrial Group (IMS.MI), said it had completed the handover of the Angelo Cabrini high-speed multipurpose patrol boat (UNPAV) to the Italian Navy.
The vessel, which was delivered on schedule, is the first unit of a larger order for two patrol boats, and complies with the highest quality standards.
The ceremony, attended by Admiral Matteo Bisceglia, Director of Naval Armaments, COMSUBIN commander Rear Admiral Paolo Pezzutti, and Admiral Eduardo Serra, Logistics Commander of the Italian Navy, took place in Porto Lotti (La Spezia) in the presence of the management of Intermarine and military and civil authorities.
The boat has been named “Angelo Cabrini”, in honour of the Italian Navy admiral and commando, who was decorated with the Gold Medal for Military Valour for the sinking of the York, a British heavy cruiser, on 26 March 1941 in Souda Bay, Crete.
UNPAVs are versatile and modern vessels that will add notable value to the capabilities of the Italian Navy by supporting the operations of its Special Forces (Operational Raider Group) during training and during actual operations. The two vessels in the class (“Cabrini”, the class lead vessel, and “Tedeschi”) will also be used to control maritime traffic, to combat illicit trafficking, to ensure security in environments where there is a threat of asymmetric warfare, and to assist personnel evacuation from crisis areas.
Versatility is one of the distinguishing characteristics of UNPAV vessels, which are designed to meet a wide range of needs, thanks to a platform providing for the transportation of special teams from Italy's elite naval commando force, COMSUBIN-GOI. The boats can travel at high speeds and are built with materials offering ballistic protection, heat resistance, shielding against electromagnetic interference, reduced weight and high structural strength.
The boats can accommodate a permanent crew and special forces teams, for a total of 27 people. They are built in composite material, have a length of 44.16 m LOA, a beam of 8.4 m for 1.5 m immersion, and a displacement of 185 t. They feature a stern ramp to embark a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat Zodiac Hurricane 733 for COMSUBIN-GOI operational units, and an integrated launch and recovery system.
The propulsion system consisting of 3 pairs of Kamewa waterjets and 16V 2000 M94 MTU diesel engines, installed in two different engine rooms, delivers a top speed of more than 32 knots. The waterjets offer high manoeuvrability and responsiveness to maintain stability when the boat is flanking other units.
The vessels offer a high level of automation to limit the number of crew.
The bridge has ballistic protection and affords 360° vision. The bridge operating console enables control of the entire combat system as well as of navigation and steering equipment and of the platform control and monitoring system.
A modular area in the covered aft section of the deck is designed for various types of operation, including naval assault operations, release and recovery of commandos involved in special operations. Specific configurations are available for the installation of a containerised decompression chamber to support underwater activities. Special areas are set aside to house COMSUBIN equipment.
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