Patrol Vessels (PGH)

Classe Comandanti

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These New Minor Combatant Ships (Nuove Unità Minori Combattenti, NUMC) bear the names of destroyer Commanders who were awarded the gold medal for military value for heroic actions in WW2 (Lieutenant Commander Giuseppe Cigala Fulgosi, Lieutenant Commander Costantino Borsini, Lieutenant Commander Ener Bettica, and Commander Adriano Foscari). The optimised design of the bottom ensures enhanced seakeeping and hull resistance. The first three vessels have high-tensile steel hull and superstructures, while the fourth unit's superstructures are constructed with composite material. The unique design of the hull, superstructures and mast has reduced thermal and electromagnetic signatures, and the stealth features enable these units to be deployed in a wide variety of missions, including patrolling, surveillance, monitoring and control of shipping and illegal immigration.

Moreover, technological innovations related to security, survival and maintenance of operational capabilities provide a high level of redundancy in terms of compartmentation and fire protection.