Patrol Vessels OPV (PBH)

Classe Sirio or Costellazioni 2

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These two new units (Sirio - Orione) – able to perform coastal patrol duties - were delivered to the Italian Navy in 2003. They were financed by the Ministry of infrastructure and transport, and are operated by the Italian Navy. Essentially based on the design of the New Minor Combatant Ships (NUMC), these vessels have the same design in terms of bottom, hull and superstructures, applying the same stealth technology (though to a lesser extent). These features enable these units to be deployed in the full range of coastal patrol duties, notably surveillance, monitoring and control of shipping and illegal immigration.