Classe Alliance

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NRV Alliance is a multi-purpose research vessel which is mainly used for activities conducted by the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation – CMRE, for the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO).

The ship was designed to minimize sound propagation in water, thus being suited for research requiring absence of underwater sound.

The ship offers 400 square metres of laboratory/working area and is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems, as well as cranes, capstans and winches. She is fitted with a large stern U-frame enabling the unit to perform materials handling and loading, while lowering and recovering underwater equipment at the same time.

Since March 2016, the ship is manned by Italian Navy personnel, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding signed between the Italian Navy and CMRE, and may embark up to 20 research workers and scientists, according to the assigned mission