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Italian Navy tests new submarine

A new Type U212A submarine for the Italian Navy is undergoing sea trials.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 17, 2016 at 3:02 PM
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ROME, March 17 (UPI) -- A new submarine for the Italian Navy has started sea trials in the Gulf of La Spezia prior to entering service later this year.

The submarine Romeo Romei is a Type U212A vessel built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and Fincantieri SpA under a joint program with Germany and will be the fourth such submarine in the Italian Navy.

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It's about 183.7 feet long, 22.9 feet in the beam, has a speed of 20 knots submerged.

The Romeo Romei was launched last July and is in its outfitting stage. Among its features are sensors that enable long-range 3D detection and stealth technologies.

"In the next few months, many other trials will be conducted in order to ensure high-accuracy and rigorous testing of all systems and equipment, as well as to evaluate the submarine performance," the Italian Navy said.

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