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Fincantieri to upgrade Malta’s P61 OPV

17th January 2017 - 03:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Fincantieri will upgrade the P61 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Malta armed forces under a contract announced on 13 January.

The work will upgrade a number of shipboard systems in order to improve the vessel's reaction capability and extend its service life. The vessel was built and delivered to the Malta armed forces by the Fincantieri shipyard of Muggiano in 2005.

The upgrading activities, which are estimated at €7 million, are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and will last about six months.

The 53 meter long OPV is a modified variant of the Diciotti class patrol boat, built by Fincantieri for the Italian Coast Guard.

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