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PPA2 First Sea Going

The first sea trials for the second of PPA Class (in light configuration), named “Francesco Morosini”, were successfully conducted on the 4th November 2020.

The ship sailed the Tyrrhenian Sea’s waves for the first time in a typical autumnal day and fair sea state under the supervision of OCCAR PPA Programme Division respecting a rigorous health protocol to ensure the safety of the whole team on-board from the risk of COVID-19 contagion.

During the sea trials part of important objectives were carried out such as the propulsion and navigation performances.

Based on a common platform, PPAs will be delivered in three configurations with incremental capabilities:

  • LIGHT: Version with a complete set of artillery;
  • LIGHT PLUS: Version similar to ‘LIGHT’ but with added missile firing capability and with actuators planned also for ballistic missile defence;
  • FULL: Version to carry out tasks in all warfare areas such as Anti-Air (AAW), Anti-Surface (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

LIGHT and LIGHT PLUS versions have been developed with the “fitted for” approach; FULL versions can quickly be deployed also on LIGHT and LIGHT PLUS, facilitating operational flexibility and growing capabilities during the vessel’s life.

The delivery of the Second PPA, Francesco Morosini (Hull number P431), is planned on March 2022.

PPA2 First Sea Going

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PPA2 First Sea Going - La Spezia Bay

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PPA2 first Sea Going

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To know more about the programme, please visit our website : http://www.occar.int/programmes/ppa