4th PPA - First Steel Cutting
The First Steel Cutting ceremony for the 4th Multipurpose Patrol Ship (PPA) took place on 14th March at Riva Trigoso Shipyard (Genoa), 6 months ahead of schedule.
Although today the ceremony has lost some of its originality and ancient superstition, the tradition is still alive in the Navy as it is the first tangible step of the building process and officially indicates the beginning of a ship's life.
During the ceremony, the Italian Navy as Customer, OCCAR as Contracting Authority and Fincantieri as Contractor, jointly watched the start of the laser cutter.
From left to right: Enrico Ferrari (Fincantieri), Andrea Lombardi (Fincantieri), Pasquale de Candia (OCCAR PPA Programme Manager), Luca Maggiolo (Fincantieri), Stefano Saione (Fincantieri), Massimiliano Poggi (Italian Navy), Paolo Belga (Fincantieri). © OCCAR
The 4th vessel represents an important step for the PPA Programme; it will be the first ship in “Full” configuration, able to operate in all traditional warfare domains such as Anti-Air, Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface. The ship is planned to be delivered in April 2024.
Laser Cutter start ©OCCAR