In July 6 2016, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered Pietro Venuti, the third U212A Todaro-class submarine, to the Italian Navy at its shipyard of Muggiano – La Spezia.
The submarine Pietro Venuti is the 101st made to Muggiano since 1907.
It is part of a series of four units the Italian Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered from Fincantieri.
The Pietro Venuti is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature.
The submarine has a surface displacement of 1,509 tonnes, an overall length of 55.9 meters, a maximum diameter of 7 meters, and can exceed 16 knots underwater. It has a 27-person crew.
Venuti is equipped with a silent propulsion system based on fuel cell technology (also known as air-independent propulsion AIP), producing energy through an oxygen-hydrogen reaction, independent therefore from external oxygen, ensuring a submerged range three to four times higher than the conventional battery-based systems.