NATO’s Mediterranean Maritime Group Mission More Than Tracking Russian Subs

USNI News – The Mediterranean Sea has a host of security challenges: Russian submarine activity in the Eastern Med, instability in Syria and Libya, as well as the flow of migrants and illicit traffic throughout the region. The Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is tasked with addressing them all.

Dynamic Manta Exercise Trains NATO in Anti-Submarine Warfare As More Attack Boats Prowl the Mediterranean

USNI News – All across the Mediterranean Sea, more non-NATO countries are fielding submarines while NATO allies are increasing the size of their own undersea fleets. Those submarines are also becoming harder to find. All told, the ability for NATO to find, track and identify submarines is not just a matter of defense against Russia, but a matter of basic traffic safety on and under the Mediterranean.

The Navy is ready to acquire the new U-212 submarines

Inside Over – It seems that an important first step has been taken towards the renewal and enlargement of the underwater component of the Italian Navy. (In Italian)

(Thanks to Alain)

PPA’s X-Band Radar Arrays Pass Milestone At Land-Based Test Facility

Naval News – The PPA Programme achieved an important technical milestone in late December 2019: the integration of the first two X-Band fixed sensor arrays of the new Dual Band Radar (DBR) X/C at the test bed in Pratica di Mare airfield, near Rome.

We spent 3 days on a top contender for the Navy’s future frigate. Here’s what you need to know.

Defense News – The Italian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare FREMM Alpino is in the United States on a tour of the East Coast. The Fincantieri-built warship is a contender for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation frigate, the FFG(X), and the Alpino is on this side of the Atlantic giving the service a look at what the hull can do.

Italy Reveals Innovations on New Naval Vessels

Defense News – The Italian Navy has released fresh details about its seven new, multifunctional ships as it seeks to wrap up a system design review (SDR) of the innovative vessels by the end of June.

Italian Navy Co-Hosts Event To Sell Vessels

Defense News – The Italian Navy is co-hosting what could be described as a secondhand ship show in Italy next month as it retires dozens of seasoned vessels and brings new ships into service.

Italy Issues $1.2B Contract for New Big Deck Amphib

USNI News – The Italian Navy has issued a contract for a big deck amphibious warship in a $1.1 billion ship deal announced last week. The 22,000-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) will feature a welldeck for amphibious landing craft, takeoff and landing spots for five helicopters and room for up to 1,000 personnel.

Italian Navy – More than 1,100 migrants rescued off Italy in one day

BBC – Italy’s navy has rescued 1,123 people from inflatable boats in the space of 24 hours, as clandestine migration from North Africa reaches record levels.

Italian Navy – Italian nationals evacuated from Libya

Press TV – As pro-democracy protests rage in Libya, the Italian navy assault ship San Giorgio has prepared to evacuate Italians and people of other nationalities in the North African country’s port city of Misrata.

Italian Navy – Naval patrols fail to deter pirates

Associated PressNaval patrols fail to deter pirates

Rear Admiral Giovanni Gumiero is going on a pirate hunt.

From the deck of an Italian destroyer cruising the pirate-infested waters off Somalia’s coast, he has all the modern tools at his fingertips – radar, sonar, infrared cameras, helicopters, a cannon that can sink a ship 10 miles, or 16 kilometers, away – to take on a centuries-old problem that harks back to the days of schooners and eye patches.

Italian Navy – Air-Independent Propulsion Submarines Patrol in the Med

Aviation Week – Air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines have started to prowl the Mediterranean, with Italian Type U 212 boats having reached operational capability and German boats of the same type deploying to the region in support of NATO’s Operation Active Endeavor.
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Italian Navy – Oto Melara Munition Gives Naval Guns Low-Tech, ëNonlethal' Precision

Sea Power – In an age characterized by missiles guided by sophisticated electronic seekers and a constellation of satellites, an Italian arms company is taking a different approach to precision munitions. To increase the accuracy of widely used medium-caliber naval guns, Oto Melara is employing the concepts of low drag and high speed with a new munition called Ammunition Reduced Time-of-Flight (ART).
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