Italian shipnbuilder Fincantieri announced that the technical launch of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol ship Marcantonio Colonna took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso in Genova. The vessel is the fifth of seven vessels to be built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano with deliveries expected until 2026. The multipurpose offshore patrol vessel is a highly flexible ship, fit to serve multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to Civil Protection operations and, in its most highly equipped version, first line fighting vessel. For the seven vessels of the program there will be indeed different configurations of combat system: starting from a “soft” version for the patrol task, integrated for self-defence ability, to a “full” one, which means equipped for complete defence ability. The patrol ship is also capable of operating high-speed vessels such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to 11 meters long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. 143 meters long overall Speed up to 32 knots according to vessel configuration and operational conditions Approx. 135 crew members and accommodation capacity up to 181 beds Combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion system, i.e. with electric motors for low speeds Capacity to supply drinking water, electricity and health support to land The PPAs are part of the renewal plan of the operational lines of the Italian Navy vessels, approved by the Government and Parliament and started in May 2015 under the aegis of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).