Monday, March 28, 2011

Urania, Chimera and Sirio

Urania F 552, Chimera F 556, LivornoIn this period of the year a group of ships of the Italian Navy visits the port of Livorno as part of a training cruise for young officers. Here are the corvettes “Urania” (F 552) and “Chimera” (F 556).Urania F 552, Chimera F 556, LivornoThis class of units was developed in the 1980s and 1990s with the purpose of patrolling coastal waters, policing the fishing areas and is often used to train naval commandos.Sirio P 409, LivornoThe more recent “Sirio” (P 409) is an offshore patrol vessel, which means her range of action extends beyond the coastal waters. We have already seen another ship of this class, the “Orione” (P 410), in the same occasion last year.

See also: A Sphinx and Many Stars
Urania - Chimera - Sirio (Navy site, in Italian)

16 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

always a safe journey ahead for them. and one might only hope and pray that there training will remain a training for peace.


please have a good new week ahead.

daily athens

Luis Gomez said...

VP these are really amazing. I have always liked to see these kind of ships.

EG Wow said...

Training ships make interesting photo opportunities!

Farmchick said...

Interesting series!

Jack said...

Living in such an active harbor city must be fascinating, with visits from the naval training ships and all the rest.

Kate said...

It must be a thrilling sight to see those huge ships. Can you watch any of the training?

Randy said...

Very impressive looking ships.

Dina said...

Wow, the "Sirio" has such sleek lines. Look at that bow!

Nice that they allow photographs.

VP said...

These are not training ships, they are part of the regular Navy and, once in a while, take their turn in this annual training and evaluation cruise.

cieldequimper said...

I'm not a great fan of grey ships...

Kaori said...

They look like they could go anywhere! :-D

joo said...

You know how much I love the boats and ships!

Theanne and Baron said...

Interesting photos...Don took pictures at this port, only of a Russian vessel, they weren't very happy with him.

JM said...

Great shot of the Sirio!

Steffe said...

It's a bit sad that we need to police the fishing areas with these ships.

Traveling Hawk said...

I like the names of the ships, especially Chimera!