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Esploratore-class patrol boat

Vedetta (P 407).jpg
Patrol ship Vedetta (P 407), Tiran strait, 2007
Class overview
Name: Esploratore class
Builders: Cantieri Navali Istria, CLEMNA and SIMAN Srl in Cadimare, La Spezia
Operators:  Marina Militare
In commission: 1997-2005
Building: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement:
  • - 181.5 t (178.6 long tons) standard
  • - 211 t (208 long tons) full load
Length:
  • - 37.16 m (121 ft 11 in) LOA
  • - 34.65 m (113 ft 8 in) LPP
Beam: 7.06 m (23 ft 2 in)
Draught: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Propulsion:
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) maximum
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Crew: 16 (2 officers, 14 sailors)
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 x GEM Elettronica navigation radars
Armament:
  • 1 x 12,7 mm Browning M2HB (A61ADF)
  • 2 × 7,62 mm MG 42/59 machine guns

The Esploratore class [2] is a series of four coastal patrol boats of the Italian Navy. They were designed and built specifically for use by the Multinational Force and Observers (M.F.O) peace-keeping mission in the Sinai (Red Sea). The mission is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Straits of Tiran, safeguard human life at sea and protect the marine environment. Compared to the “Alberi” class they replaced, these ships feature lighter displacement, improved speed, longer range, and a crew requirement reduced by 40%.

Ships

 Marina Militare - Esploratore class
Ship Pennant
number
Hull
number
Shipyard Laid Down Launched Commissioned Motto
Esploratore P 405 195 [3] Istria, Cadimare La Spezia 14 February 1995 4 November 1996 14 July 1997 Videx post fata surgo
Sentinella P 406 196 [4] Istria, Cadimare La Spezia 14 February 1995 13 November 1997 10 July 1998 All'erta stò
Vedetta P 407 197 [5] CLEMNA, Cadimare La Spezia 14 February 1995 11 January 1997 29 July 1999 Cor meum vigilat
Staffetta P 408 SIMAN Srl,[6] Cadimare La Spezia 24 May 1997 12 January 2001 6 July 2005 Ubi navis ibi Patria

References

External links

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