CP420 Natale De Grazia, Italy’s largest unsinkable, self-righting ship


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CP420 Natale De Grazia,
CP420 Natale De Grazia

It was the night of Dec. 12-13 when Commander Natale De Grazia died suddenly while on a mission in La Spezia with two carabinieri to testify about the so-called “leaky ships” he was investigating. To honor the memory of this officer, his name was given to the new CP420, 33 meters, one of the world’s largest SAR (Search and Rescue) ships and flagship of the Coast Guard fleet, built by INTERMARINE SPA La Spezia – Cantiere Navale di Messina. CP421 Roberto Aringhieri is scheduled to arrive in December 2021.

CP420 Natale De Grazia

CP420 Natale De Grazia is the first patrol boat in a new class of naval units. They are called Angels of the Sea and will be dedicated to those who lost their lives in service with generosity and sacrifice. It is no coincidence that the task of these units is precisely to devote themselves to search and rescue missions in even critical weather and sea conditions.

This ship in the SAR (Search and Rescue) division is among the largest in the world and is in fact the longest “self-righting” and unsinkable vessel ever built in Italy. The CP 420 has 10 crewmen on board and is a 33-meter vessel with an advanced command and control system that provides greater autonomy, increased accommodation capabilities and improved logistics for the crew. This ship then has ad hoc solutions for sheltering shipwrecked people on board and, therefore, not only on deck, during rescue operations involving large numbers of people.

Photo courtesy: Coast Guard

At 28 knots it has a range of about 1,000 nautical miles at 28 knots. The material of construction is an aluminum alloy. It is propelled by two waterjets joined by two MTU 16V2000M96 of 2490 horsepower each.

CP 420 “Natale De Grazia” is a ship that aspires, together with its crew,” Admiral Pettorino emphasized, ” to demonstrate those values, that generosity that passion proper to the Commander whose name it proudly and proudly bears engraved.



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