OCCAR News 12. November 2019 PPA1 sails the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea PPA1, named after “Paolo Thaon di Revel”, sailed its first nautical miles in the blue waters of the Gulf of La Spezia on 12th Nov 2019. 14. March 2019 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. 06. March 2013 First production A400M makes maiden flight The first production A400M new generation airlifter made its maiden flight on 6 March 2013, marking a key milestone towards its delivery to the French Air Force.