The Commanders Respond: Italian Navy

These units, fully interoperable with NATO and EU partners, will be more versatile than the current generation of ships, benefiting from an extensive use of the modularity concept. From the beginning of the design phase they were conceived with enhanced dual-use features. They are fit for military duty and equipped to support the civil-protection mission in case of natural disasters—for example with a modular hospital—to provide electrical power/drinkable water ashore and containers; search-and-rescue operations; and environmental protection.

Our new ships will have a smaller environmental footprint, further reducing polluting emissions by adopting natural liquefied gas, bio fuel, and fuel cells for propulsion purposes. Among these ships, the multipurpose offshore patrol vessels deserve a special mention, for their very high speed, long endurance, resilience, and seaworthiness. They will be able to rapidly intervene at long distances in a number of emergency situations, even in very adverse meteorological conditions. This new family of ships will become the backbone of our navy, which will be more agile, affordable, greener, and better suited to face the challenges of the 21st century.



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