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Minerva-class corvette
Urania F552.jpg
The ship Urania
Class overview
Name: Minerva
Builders: Fincantieri
Operators:  Marina Militare
In commission: 1987
Completed: 8
Active: 6
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: corvette
Displacement: 1,285 tonnes
Length: 87 m
Beam: 10.5 m
Draught: 3.2 (4.8) m
Propulsion: 2 Diesel Grandi Motori Trieste BM-230.20 DVM outputting 11.000 HP (8.088 kW)
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 3,500 nm at 18 knots
Complement: 7 officers, 113 men
Sensors and
processing systems:

AA/ASu-Radar Selenia SPS-774 (RAN 10S) E/F Band
1 SMA SPS-728 Navigation radar

Sonar: Raytheon/Elsag DE-1167
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

Fire control: 1 Selenia SPG-75 (RTN 30X) for Albatros and 76mm

Communication: IPN-10 (Mini-SADOC), Link 11
Armament:

1 Otobreda 76 mm
Sea Sparrow or Selenia Aspide in a 8-cell launcher
6 × 324mm TLS ASW torpedoes

4 heavy machine guns

The Minerva-class is a series of corvettes of the Italian Marina Militare. They were built in two series of four units in the 1980s and 1990s. The ships have fairly good speed and armament, including a 76mm general-purpose gun, but, due to their emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, they lack anti-missile capabilities. These units are designed to operate in coastal areas. Their main missions include sea police, patrolling, policing fishing areas and training naval commandos.

Ships of the class

Name Pennant number Builder[1] Laid Down[1] Launched[1] Commissioned[1] Current status
Minerva F 551 Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso 11 March 1985 3 April 1986 10 June 1987 Retired
Urania F 552 Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso 4 April 1985 21 June 1986 1 June 1987 Active
Danaide F 553 Fincantieri, Muggiano 26 June 1985 18 October 1986 9 September 1987 Active
Sfinge F 554 Fincantieri, Muggiano 2 September 1986 16 May 1987 13 February 1988 Active
Driade F 555 Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso 18 March 1988 11 March 1989 19 April 1990 Active
Chimera F 556 Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso 21 December 1988 7 April 1990 15 January 1991 Active
Fenice F 557 Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso 6 September 1988 9 September 1989 11 September 1990 Active
Sibilla F 558 Fincantieri, Muggiano 16 October 1989 15 September 1990 16 May 1991 Retired on October 1, 2012[2]

As of 2013, Minerva and Sibilla have been placed in reserve.[3] These two units of the Minerva-class Corvettes were considered by the Philippine Government to be purchased, although, there were still no additional information about the acquisition of the ships.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Saunders 2002, p. 362.
  2. Marina Militare
  3. "CORVETTE Marina Militare". www.naviitaliane.it. http://www.naviitaliane.it/classe_minerva.html#axzz2Sh4T1B8u. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  • Saunders, Stephen (2002). Jane's Fighting Ships 2002–2003. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0710624328. 



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