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Italian Navy special forces receive second UNPAV high-speed MPV

UNPAV ITS Tullio Tedeschi
Photo: Italian Navy

The Italian Navy has taken delivery of its second Cabrini-class high-speed multipurpose patrol boat (UNPAV) from Italian shipbuilder Intermarine.

ITS Tullio Tedeschi, as the vessel is named, was built under a two-vessel, 40 million euro contract from 2016.

Tullio Tedeschi and lead boat Angelo Cabrini will be used by the Italian Operational Raiders Group (Gruppo Operativo Incursori), among others. They will also be used to control maritime traffic, combat illicit trafficking, and to assist personnel evacuation from crisis areas.

The vessels can accommodate a permanent crew and special forces teams, for a total of 27 people. Built from composite materials, the boats have a length of 44.16 m LOA, a beam of 8.4 m for 1.5 m immersion, and a displacement of 190 t. They feature a stern ramp to embark a rigid hull inflatable boat zodiac hurricane 733 for COMSUBIN-GOI operational units, and an integrated launch and recovery system.

UNPAVS carry a navalized Oto Melara Hitfist-N 12,7mm remote weapon station, Spike LR missiles launchers and machine guns.

The propulsion system consists of three pairs of Kamewa waterjets and 16V 2000 M94 MTU diesel engines, installed in two different engine rooms, delivering a top speed of more than 30 knots.

A modular area in the covered aft section allows for the installation of mission-specific equipment, including a containerized decompression chamber for underwater operations support.

Photo: Intermarine