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  • 9 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Seventeen more lives were lost in a recent migrant tragedy that occurred in the Strait of Sicily. During rescue operation on December 4, the Italian Navy vessels managed to rescue 278 migrants from three vessels south of Lampedusa. Sixteen deaths were presumably caused by hypothermia and dehydration, and one person died of pulmonary edema. The survivors were […]

  • 18 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Naval forces rescued more than 1,500 North African migrants over the weekend in the Strait of Sicily, according to the Italian Navy. The Portuguese Navy’s Offshore patrol vessel Viana do Castelo conducted its first rescue operations as part of the EU Operation Triton, which was launched on November 1. All rescued migrants were transferred to ITS San Giorgio on […]

  • 29 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Italian Navy engaged in three rescue operations saving the lives of hundreds of migrants that reached the Strait of Sicily from the North African coasts onboard rickety boats on Friday.   ITS Sirio rescued 105 migrants from an inflatable boat. The vessel then reached the Singaporean motor ship Stjerneborg to take onboard 55 more people rescued […]

  • 5 August 2014

    During the last week end naval air units of the Italian Navy were busy rescuing migrants on boats arriving from North African coasts.   Between Friday and Sunday, over 2,500 have been rescued as part of the country’s Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) operation with several units, including frigates Aliseo and Fasan corvette Sfinge, and amphibious […]

  • 17 November 2011
    Training & Education

    Black Sea Fleet (BSF) frigate Smetlivy has completed formal visit to Italian port Augusta after participation in the IONIEX 2011 Russian-Italian joint exercise. During the visit, BSF servicemen held protocol meetings with local authorities and representatives of Sicily autonomous naval command. Prior to call at Augusta, a summary briefing of IONIEX 2011 exercise was held […]

  • 21 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Operation Mare Nostrum celebrated her first year onboard ITS San Giorgio – presently headquartering the 29th Naval Group Command (CGN29), with a flag lowering ceremony held on the flight deck on October 18. One year of hard work for all the crew members of the Italian Navy who, in cooperation with public agencies and charities, saved […]

  • 13 March 2014
    Industry news

    Cmdr. Cory Blaser, commanding officer of USS Nicholas (FFG 47), decommissioned the ship during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk March 10; 30 years ago to the date in which it was placed into commission in 1984.   Nicholas’ commissioning commanding officer, retired Vice Adm. James F. Amerualt, was the guest speaker while Commodore, Destroyer […]

  • 17 May 2013

    Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain and Commanding Officer, Naval Station Rota held a change of command ceremony, May 16. Captain Gregory S. Pekari relieved Captain Scott C. Kraverath, who had served in both positions since May 2011. The Honorable Alan D. Solomont, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and Andorra, congratulated Kraverath on […]

  • 21 September 2015

    After yet another successful migrant rescue operation, the Irish Navy’s LÉ NIAMH sailed to Augusta, Sicily. With more than 500 people aboard, the vessel arrived to Augusta on Saturday morning, September 19. In three separate rescue operation conducted on Friday LÉ NIAMH managed to rescue around 380 people. An additional 133 rescued migrants were taken from the Italian Coast […]

  • 3 January 2014

    The Italian Navy Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) ship San Marco saved 233 migrants from an ill-fated journey in the Mediterranean waters south of Sicily late Wednesday, Reuters reports. The immigrants were subsequently transferred to a frigate, which ferried them to Augusta, a port town in eastern Sicily, according to Italian Navy officials. The migrants are […]

  • 23 April 2015

    The Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station II in Sigonella, Sicily, April 22, 2015. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Matthew Rutherford was relieved as commanding officer of VP-47 by Cmdr. Erik L. Cyre. Rutherford deployed as the VP-47 executive officer to Sigonella in support of […]

  • 27 July 2015

    The LÉ NIAMH disembarked 468 migrants (412 male, 41 female, 15 minors), at Pozzallo, Sicily at 9 am on July 25th. Having successfully conducted a Search and Rescue Operation 110 kilometres north-west of Tripoli, Libya on the 24th of July, rescuing 358 migrants from a wooden barge, the LÉ NIAMH was re-tasked to rendezvous with […]

  • 13 June 2019

    Two oil tankers have been damaged in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the US 5th Fleet, with one reportedly being targeted by a torpedo. Front Altair, a 110,000 dwt tanker operated by Norwegian shipping company Frontline, is the one hit by a torpedo, shipping news site Tradewinds reported citing industry sources. Kokuka Courageous, another […]

  • 19 February 2013
    Training & Education

    Three Merlin helicopters will go a-hunting off Sicily this weekend as they join the biggest anti-submarine exercise in western Europe. The aircraft, plus 75 personnel from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, are Britain’s contribution to NATO’s Proud Manta, a two-week war game involving the forces of ten Allied nations. The Royal Navy’s best submarine hunting helicopters […]

  • 30 September 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Britain’s newest operational boat, HMS Ambush, made a rare appearance on the surface of the Mediterranean for NATO’s biggest submarine exercise of the autumn. Over 10 days, five surface ships and seven maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters pitted their wits against seven submarines, five conventional diesel boats and two nuclear, in the Ionian Sea. Exercise […]

  • 6 January 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    The UK’s Royal Navy would resume accompaniments of UK-flagged commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the country’s defense ministry said.  The announcement comes amid the rising tensions in the region following the killing of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian military commander, by the United States in Iraq on January 3. Ben Wallace, the UK Secretary […]

  • 12 July 2016
    Training & Education

    Amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily for a scheduled port visit July 11. The stop offers Whidbey Island the opportunity to resupply, and is the first foreign port visit for the ship’s Sailors and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). “This is the first […]

  • 4 July 2013

    Patrol Coastal (PC) ships USS Tempest (PC 2), USS Squall (PC 7) and USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) arrived pierside in Bahrain July 3, as part of a realignment that will see a total of eight PCs permanently stationed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC […]

  • 5 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark and three Merlin helicopters are now ready to operate in the Mediterranean, working closely with the Italian Navy, and coordinated via Rome. The 19,000 tonne amphibious ship will work in tandem with the surveillance helicopters to provide a wide ranging search and rescue capability. The aircraft, from Royal Naval Air Station […]

  • 7 August 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the UN refugee agency says. UNHCR added that the bodies of a further 25 people had been recovered, but dozens more were still missing […]

  • 14 August 2014

    Coastal Patrol (PC) ships USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) completed their arrival to Bahrain the second week of August.   Hurricane and Monsoon are the final two of 10 ships that are part of a realignment plan to increase the PC presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). […]

  • 29 May 2014

    Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) and U.S. Naval Forces Europe Detachment Maritime Ashore Support Team (CNE DET MAST) were recognized for their participation in community relations (COMREL) projects during an awards ceremony in Motta Sant’ Anastasia, Sicily, May 16.   Dr. Angelo Giuffrida, the mayor of Motta Sant’ Anastasia, presented Cmdr. Katrina Hill, […]

  • 13 February 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Italian Navy shipyard in Augusta has completed a two-year modernization process and is now ready to offer extensive services for the navy fleet, including submarines. As a result of the upgrade, a Sauro-class submarine is dry docked in Augusta for an overhaul for the first time in 14 years. The last time a submarine […]

  • 31 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Italian Navy-hosted mine countermeasure exercise MINEX 2019 concluded off the coast of Sicily on May 30 after 10 days of evolutions. In addition to Italian and Spanish MCM assets, the exercise was joined by NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2). The exercise was aimed at practicing command staff knowledge on mine warfare […]

  • 20 January 2012

      The US may start combat actions against Iran even in two weeks; escalation of America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf goes on openly, Igor Korotchenko, presidium member of social council at Defense Ministry and editor of The National Defense magazine said on Jan 17. The situation around the Strait of Hormuz which is […]

  • 10 June 2016

    German Navy’s combat support ship Frankfurt am Main has rescued over 500 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. Rescued migrants are now being brought to the Italian port city Messina, Sicily. The ship first rescued 293 people in three separate operations 70 kilometers off the Libyan capital Tripoli early Thursday. A Migrant […]

  • 9 September 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy announced it would hold gun-firing drills in the Bohai Strait and the Yellow Sea from September 10 – 13. As a result of this, commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering areas where the exercises are to be held, according to the Wilhelmsen Ships Service. More specifically, ships calling to Qingdao, […]

  • 17 May 2016

    Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LÉ Róisín has taken part in the first rescue operation in the Mediterranean since it joined the life saving efforts in May 2016. Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre on May 16, the LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 125 migrants from a rubber craft located […]

  • 1 June 2015

    UK Border Force officers were among a rescue team that saved more than 100 migrants in the Mediterranean on Saturday, May 31. HMC Protector, one of Border Force’s cutters, was on patrol for Operation Triton south of Sicily when it was alerted by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Rome to a migrant boat […]