The Italian Navy's (Marina Militare) Type U212A Todaro-class submarine Romeo Romei has commenced sea trials in the Gulf of La Spezia after reportedly successful shore tests and acceptance trials during its construction phase.
The series of sea trials, which mark the submarine's entry into the final outfitting phase, aim at ensuring the vessel's functionality and operational readiness prior to its deployment into service.
The first sea trial, termed as 'bagnarola' (basin test dive) seeks to improve the vessel's functionality as well as the crew comprising the national engineers and technicians and military supervisors, who will be among future crew members.
Other trials are expected to follow in the following months to assess the performance of the submarine's systems and equipments, as well as gauging an overall functional efficacy of the vessel.
The fourth Todaro-class submarine, which is a part of Italy's joint programme with Germany, is said to incorporate technological solutions that include an integrated electro-acoustic and combat control system, as well as a state-of-the-art platform automation system.
The vessel features a stealthy hull entirely composed of anti-magnetic material, employing advanced silencing techniques to reduce noise feedback.
Launched on 4 July 2015, the submarine is set to enter into service in autumn this year.
The 56m-long submarine has a surface displacement of 1,450t and an underwater displacement 1,830t.
It is propelled by a MTU diesel engine, a Piller 3.12MW generator, a Siemens 2.85MW permanent magnet electric motor, and high-performance lead acid batteries.
Operated by 27 crew members, the submarine is fitted with six 533mm torpedo tubes for launching Whitehead A184 Mod.3 heavyweight torpedoes.
Image: The Todaro-class submarine Romeo Romei during sea trials. Photo: courtesy of Marina Militare.