Fincantieri launches Thaon di Revel-class OPV Marcantonio Colonna

According to information published by Fincantieri on November 29, 2022, the technical launch of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol ship (PPA – Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura) “Marcantonio Colonna” took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genova).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Thaon di Revel class Offshore Patrol Vessel Marcantonio Colonna. (Picture source: Matteo Perego di Cremnago)

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 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 (“Naval Act”) under the aegis of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).

Marcantonio Colonna, who lived between 1535 and 1584, was one of the most illustrious land and sea captains of the 16th century, also protagonist of the battle of Lepanto in 1571. The godmother of the launch was Jeanne Colonna Pavoncelli, descendant of the distinguished family.

About the OPV Marcantonio Colonna

Marcantonio Colonna (P434) is the fifth ship of Paolo Thaon di Revel-class offshore patrol vessel built for the Italian Navy. It was laid down on 3 September 2020 at Fincantieri Muggiano and expected to be launched in 2023. Expected to be commissioned in April 2024.

She has a length of 143 meters and is powered by a combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion system (ie with electric motors for low speeds) to reach a maximum speed of 32 knots.

Marcantonio Colonna can carry approx. 135 crew members and has an accommodation capacity of up to 181 beds. She also has the capacity to supply drinking water to land.

The Thaon di Revel class (also known as PPA for "Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura") is a class of multipurpose offshore ships built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy.