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DRASS at EDEX Exhibition 2021

DRASS is glad to share some pictures from the recent EDEX Exhibition held in Egypt.
We want to thank all of our visitors once again for taking the time to stop by for a chat.

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Visit of Defence and Naval Attachés

DRASS was pleased to welcome a delegation of Defence and Naval Attachés assigned in Italy.
Organized by the Italian Navy, the visit was an interesting meeting of the various countries and it was DRASS' pleasure to host these diplomatic representatives.
The tour of DRASS production facilities was an opportunity to introduce the company's state-of-the-art technologies and the rich century-long history behind its innovations.
Drass would again like to thank the Defence Attachè delegation for this special visit!

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D-ONE stress test campaign

D-One Drass Helmet has successfully completed a test campaign specifically prepared by Drass team experts.

The Helmet has been subjected to a series of "stress tests" to verify capacity, resistance and ergonomics, as required by the EN 15333 standard. The result obtained highlighted the high standards achieved in safety and comfort, not to mention an array of ergonomic features including minimized neck fatigue and inhalation effort to the fullest extent, and the provision of an optimized field of vision for increased range and usage practicality.

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DRASS BIBS Mask at Expo Dubai 2020

DRASS BIBS Compact Mask, an innovative breathing apparatus for the hyperbaric environment, is on display in the Italy Pavilion at Expo2020 Dubai. It was shortlisted and selected by the Association of Industrial Design and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. A nationwide competition identified the best in Italian technology and design excellence to showcase at this special international event.

Big congratulations to DRASS!

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DRASS at Livorno townhall

DRASS had the pleasure of being hosted by the Mayor of Livorno, Mr. Luca Salvetti, at Livorno townhall. During the visit, DRASS personnel presented the D-ONE Diving Helmet that was selected at national level to showcase the best of Italian technological innovation and design at the G20 Summit in Rome.

The visit was an opportunity to praise DRASS for this outstanding achievement and personally meet DRASS engineers who, with their high-level expertise, collectively contributed to the creation of this cutting-edge product that offers an array of innovative safety and tracking features including full modularity for varying diving environments by means of interchangeable Air, Reclaim and Rebreather pods, plus an ergonomic design with enhanced protection and comfort that is second to none.

During the visit, DRASS also presented the Diving Compact BIBS mask that was on display in the Italian Pavilion at EXPO2020 Dubai.

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Indonesian Navy in DRASS

DRASS had the honor of receiving the delegation from the Indonesian Navy.
During this visit the commission were especially interested to tour the historical gallery of DRASS’ world-first innovations spanning a century, followed by a tour of the various production facilities for a glimpse of our latest projects and cutting-edge technology.
DRASS Group thanks our guests once again for their special visit.

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Sergio Pucciarini: from Decima MAS to COSMOS

Extract from an article by Lino Mancini for AltoMareBlu
Lino Mancini is an investigative journalist who has researched specific historical events of the Second World War. He was Chief Executive Officer of historic Italian firm Cabi Cattaneo for many years and is acclaimed author of the book Malta 2.

A few months ago, naval architect Franco Harrauer died with whom, belatedly, since 2011, I had the opportunity to establish a good friendship.

Whilst in search for images for my book Malta 2, detailing Italy’s attack of Malta’s harbors during WW2,  I came across the following Harrauer print that pinpoints the beginning of events that led to the death of Teseo Tesei.

Figure 1: Malta - Night of 26 July 1941 

Seeing this sketch and other articles, Harraeur described the Decima MAS personalities that he was well acquainted with during his professional career as naval architect. I was curious to contact him to hear some of these personal recollections for myself. Harraeur and I discovered that in the seventies and eighties we had followed parallel professional itineraries and on these we had continued for many years. So, precisely because they were parallel in nature, we would only get to meet at a distant point of infinity, that is, never.

But, as fate would have it, through my historical research of Malta, our trajectories diverged causing our paths to cross, and through our shared professional experiences we became fast friends.

Among Harrauer's various short stories published on AMB, ‘Submarine Nessie’ is undoubtedly my favourite. In fact, it moved me to pay tribute to my late friend and share unpublished events that unfolded when we were on those famous parallel destinies.

In Harrauer’s story, the protagonist in question, and source of his inspiration, is revealed in stages when two SSB-type St Bartholomew torpedoes are saved in ensuing confusion and moored in a cave on Italy’s Palmaria Island, and from this cave our character was to attack one of the American merchant ships that entered the nearby port of La Spezia to unload materials for the occupying forces.

The protagonist is an SSB pilot, and we are given to understand that in April 1945, with the end of the war approaching, he heads a Special Forces Decima MAS war mission set to be his final mission.

This character and protagonist is none other than Lieutenant Sergio Pucciarini, Naval Engineer and Underwater Transport Pilot of Special Forces unit Decima MAS of the Italian Navy. Indeed, as history reveals, Pucciarini was already in the water ready to carry out a covert mission when it was abruptly stopped in its tracks by a telephone message declaring the end of the war.

Figure 2: SSB Torpedo N °3 

Figure 3: Batholomew Torpedo, 1945.
Preserved in the historic hall of COMSUBIN

Following the end of the war, Pucciarini and his colleague Cattaneo were the only two, among the former Decima MAS, not to renounce its technical legacy by continuing the construction of underwater vehicles. There was always the maximum of collaboration between the two because, in addition to a long-standing friendship and deep respect, an unwritten pact between them had led them to choose different paths.

This happened in 1948 when both were questioned in complete secrecy by the Navy asking if they intended to participate in the recovery and commissioning of residual SSBs.

As you know, the Peace Treaty signed in Paris on 10 February 1947 provided for the following in Article 59: ‘…No Aircraft carriers, submarines or other submersible crafts, explosive boats, or assault boats, can be purchased or built etc...’, so, any activity by SSB-type assets was therefore prevented.

The Navy, however, wanted to retain its technical heritage at all costs and therefore instructed the Captain of Vascello Notari, a former SLC pilot twice awarded the silver medal for military valor in combat, to recover all available assets and reestablish training activities.

For this purpose, a secret base in Bacoli, Naples was designated for the storage of these assets and the training of new pilots. This base remained active until the late 1960s when it was relocated to Varignano, home of COMSUBIN.

Figure 4: Naval base in Bacoli,
Naples - 1950s 

Pucciarini declined the Navy's invitation while Cattaneo joined. Pucciarini was already projected with a vision towards commercial horizons with foreign navies and did not want umbilical cords that could be a commercial constraint. He was not best thrilled, therefore, that every now and then someone from the Navy would visit on official protocol. In Livorno in 1954, Sergio Pucciarini founded COSMOS, acronym of Costruzioni Motoscafi Sottomarini meaning Construction of Motorized Subsea Crafts.

In the photo below, published by the newspaper Candido, the Hippocampus in 1954 is piloted by Pucciarini himself and Roberto Serra, another former SLC pilot of Italy’s Decima MAS who later became a renowned doctor in the international field on lung diseases.

Figure 5: Pucciarini and Serra testing ‘Maiale’ underwater vehicles,
Port of Genova - 1954 

Professor Serra, now a spritely 94-year-old, recently published his book, "Orion 1943 - Last Mission of the Decima MAS Flotilla”, in which he deftly relives the historical moments that characterized his life, during 1943-1945, as an SLC-pilot, Siluro Lunga Corsa, long-range torpedoes, of the Decima MAS.

Figure 6: Pucciarini tests a CE2F-X60 in the port of Livorno - 1970s 

Pucciarini was someone who in the early 1980s I had the opportunity to know during the installation and testing phases of his latest mini submarines. At that time, Pucciarini also proposed a propulsion system aboard his mini submarines that would have greatly improve underwater autonomy.
Unfortunately, the usual lack of funds and various bureaucracies did not allow us to move forward in the project at that time and hence it remained at the feasibility phase.

He was so passionate about this new generation propulsion system project that had it not been for the setbacks obstructing its production, I am convinced he would not have sold his company to foreign entrepreneurs but would have instead collaborated with the Italian Navy.

So, it was by 1989 that Pucciarini sold COSMOS to a group of Chilean entrepreneurs who led it into a crisis that culminated in the migration of all personnel and activities into DRASS, with a new ownership and rebirth.

Up until the company’s sale in 1989, Pucciarini personally directed the building of various types of SSB-type underwater vehicles, such as the hippocampus and the most famous CE2F, as well as mini submarines with a displacement of up to 120 tons. COSMOS, until the early 1990s, was also a cover for the Cabi Cattaneo because it was understood, even by foreign navies, that COSMOS provided underwater vehicles to COMSUBIN.

Figure 7: COSMOS Class 120 mini-submarine design sketch - 1990s 

COSMOS products were sold to navies all over the world, and several underwater vehicles, such as the Hippocampus, were also successful in the civil field.

Figure 8: COSMOS Ce2F-X100. Latest generation electric submersible - 1990s 

Figure 9: COSMOS Class 120 mini-submarine for foreign navy - 1990s 

Following the takeover of COSMOS heritage, DRASS, with the advantage of being naturally open to the market and latest technologies, began a rapid modernization process - maintaining the traditional experience whilst upgrading its systems with tried and tested solutions utilized in the offshore oil and gas and commercial diving sectors.

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The Romanian Navy is the owner of DRASS Ovetto System on Trailer!
DRASS Romania has delivered to the Constanta Military Diving Center the DRASS Ovetto, a Compact Mobile Surface Diving System, composed by a double-lock chamber with diameter of 1300mm, outfitted to support intervention for 3 + 2 specialized support personnel.
The system is fully operational in an independent manner as the chambers are outfitted with an automation control for Easy-Automation fail-safe functionality. The system has its own compressor, generator, gas storage, and all the auxiliary equipment necessary in order to assure the accommodation and treatment up to 50 msw.
The manufacturing, assembly and testing of the system has been fully completed by DRASS Romania.
DRASS Ovetto Mobile covers emergency and scheduled interventions and is capable to travel by road, in normal conditions, to the necessary location.
We are proud to mention that the mobile system also benefits from a smart design and manufacturing application that provides a sealed connection with the LH-300 Saturation Simulator System that we are currently installing at the same military unit of the Romanian Navy.

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Forțele Navale Române au în dotare Sistemul Ovetto pe peridoc!
Drass România a livrat Centrului de Scafandri un Sistem Compact pentru Scufundări la Suprafață compus din o cameră dublă, Drass Ovetto, cu diametru de 1300 mm, echipată pentru a fi folosită de 3 persoane + 2 persoane de personal specializat.
Sistemul este complet operațional într-un mod independent datorită sistemului automat de control Easy-Automation cu funcție de fail-safe (siguranță la eșec). Acesta este dotat cu echipamente proprii, precum: compresor, generator, spațiu dedicat pentru butelii și toate echipamentele auxiliare necesare pentru a asigura intervenția și tratamentul în cazul accidentelor de scufundare până la 50 msw (metri sub apă sau 5 bari).
Fabricarea, asamblarea și testarea sistemului s-a realizat, complet, de către Drass România.
Sistemul mobil Ovetto asigură intervențiile de urgență sau programate și este conceput pentru a fi mobil, în condiții nomale, fără a necesita autorizații speciale, prin simpla tractare a peridocului la o mașină normală, pentru a ajunge la locul unde este nevoie.
Suntem mândri să adăugăm că acest sistem mobil a fost proiectat şi fabricat astfel încât să permită conectarea etanș cu echipamentele ce fac pare din sistemul fix de Saturație LH300-Simulator, sistem pe care îl instalăm în această perioadă la aceeași unitate militară a Forțelor Navale Române.

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DRASS has successfully delivered the second OXYSHOT hyperbaric chamber to PHU THAI EQUIPMENT COMPANY, one of our clients in Vietnam. The first chamber was delivered in 2020.
Both of them have been completely assembled and tested at the DRASS Romania facility in Timisoara.

DRASS OXYSHOT is a single-lock hyperbaric chamber outfitted for two (2) persons: one patient on a bed plus one attendant on a foldable seat.
Built with an internal diameter of 1300 mm, OXYSHOT is designed to accommodate and medically treat scuba divers, permitting an immediate recompression on site at 18 msw in the event of a diving accident.
OXYSHOT is equipped with all items required for standard operations and a complete set of optional accessories.

The delivered chambers are equipped with Easy-Automation, the automatic software that guides the operator in the control of the chamber, specifically during depth (pressure) control. This software’s pre-set profiles enable the chamber to automatically follow the operator’s selected profile at the push of the ‘Start’ button, in one simple action.

Well done DRASS Romania from all at DRASS Group!

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DRASS GALEAZZI presents the commemorative Galeazzi diving knife, an exact replica of the internationally renowned original 1950s diver’s knife. No detail has been spared to faithfully reproduce this vintage item, coveted by commercial and naval divers of the era and highly sought after by collectors ever since.
Remaining true to the original design and production techniques of the time, the newly released Galeazzi knife is a work of mastery that is made entirely in Italy.

This multifunctional diving tool consists of one single piece of high-quality rust-resistant stainless steel for the central body and serrated blade. This must-have tool is imperative for diving operations such as the cutting of nets and underwater obstructions as well as serving as protection against underwater predators. Housing a hidden screw jaw within the shank, and a wheel to adjust size, this item doubles-up as a measuring device.
Its leather sheath and presentation box also come exactly as per the 1950s originals. As official licensor, DRASS exclusively brings this masterpiece to the market celebrating the design excellence and craftsmanship that DRASS GALEAZZI has stood for throughout its century-long history; and a tradition that embodies DRASS Group technology to this today.
Through DRASS partnership with Fox Knives, purveyors of excellence and manufacturers of quality products for civilian, military, rescue and special forces.

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