Diciotti class is an Italian designed
offshore patrol vessel,
presently in use with the Italian Coast
Guard, Armed Forces of
Malta and Iraqi Navy.
ships are designed and built by Fincantieri on the bay of La Spezia.
Italian Coast Guard
Based on the earlier experimental Saettia
, the Diciotti class is an advanced and improved version
with a longer length, more power and hence greater patrol
endurance. The vessels in service with the Corps of the Port
- Saettia class
- Diciotti class
- Diciotti (CP 902)
- Dattilo (CP 903)
- Fiorillo(CP 904)
- Peluso (CP 905)
- Corsi (CP 906)
Maltese Navy - P61
the Armed Forces of Malta
ordered a replacement for the former East German supplied Kondor class
OPV, required due to the increase in flow of refugees from North
Africa to Europe.
The design for P61 provides a clear rear half to the ship,
providing sufficient space with reinforcement to land a helicopter
, up to the size of an UH-1N Twin Huey
. P61 has the capability of
carrying out patrols up to Sea State
and withstand sea conditions up to Sea State 7. It can launch a rib
patrol boat via a rear launch ramp up to Sea State 4. This
combination of modifications increases vessel weight to 450-tonnes,
and reduces standard crew capacity to 25. Maximum unrefueled patrol
length at 20knots is 3,000 nautical miles.
contract, financed entirely from the 5th Italo-Maltese Financial
Protocol, covered the construction of the vessel together with an
associated training and logistic support package. The ship was
commissioned on October 1, 2005 and operational from November 5,
2005. P61 acts as the flagship of the Armed Forces of Malta.
Iraq - Saettia MK4 class
In 2006, the new Iraqi Navy
contract with the Italian
to purchase 4 modified Diciotti class vessels to
patrol its 58kilometre coast line.
vessels are to be built by Fincantieri
Trigoso, with modifications including increased crew
capacity of 38.
The contract also comprises the provision of
logistical support and crew training with each crew completing a 7
week training course. In cooperation with the Marina Militare , each commissioning crew is
provided with a week’s bridge simulator course at the Academy in
2009, the first vessel, Patrol Ship 701 named Fatah
(Arabic for Victory), was handed
over at the Muggiano, La Spezia
shipyard. The crew hand been training since January
2009, and would now be heading for Umm Qasr, a 20
day/5,000 nautical miles journey via the Mediterranean, Suez
Canal and Red
Sea. There, additional training will be completed,
before the vessel takes over duties from the British Royal Marine patrols,
who will then revert to a training role of new crew.