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  • 26 September 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Italian Navy retired the last of its Minerva-class corvettes in a sunset ceremony at the Augusta naval base on September 25. With the decommissioning of ITS Driade and ITS Minerva after their 30-year service, the navy is advancing its plan of downsizing an ageing fleet. Driade and Minerva were the final two of eight […]

  • 10 March 2016
    Authorities

    Images: Italian Navy The Italian Navy has decommissioned two of its Minerva-class corvettes, Urania and Danaide, during a flag lowering ceremony held at the Italian Augusta Naval Base, March 10. The 1987-commissioned corvettes have spent almost 30 years serving in the ‘Marina Militare’. Both vessels were built by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Riva […]

  • 26 June 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Three Italian Navy warships, with 85 years of service between them, embarked on their final “deployment” before they bow out of active navy service in a ceremony scheduled for July 16. Aside from the task of training navy cadets, the deployment will be more of a tour of Tyrrhenian Sea port cities, allowing the public to […]

  • 24 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    ITS Vieste and ITS Chioggia, two minesweepers of the Italian Navy conducted submerged object recovery operations in the waters of the Gulf of Taranto, Southern Italy, February 23. The recent operation was exceptional because of the depths of underwater interventions, the size of objects recovered, and the cooperation with Gay Marine, a private company specialized in design and […]

  • 21 January 2016
    Authorities

    Having spent less than two months idle in the port during her routine maintenance period, the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour now rejoined the EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia. The Italian light aircraft carrier ITS Garibaldi assumed Cavour’s role on November 25, 2015. Now that the original mission flagship is back, ITS Garibaldi is leaving the European Union […]

  • 31 December 2015
    Authorities

    ITS Carabiniere, flagship of the EU Naval Force, paid her first visit to Antisiranana, Madagascar from December 22 to 26. Having berthed, Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri and the Commanding Officer of ITS Carabiniere, Commander Francesco Saladino were received by the Commander of the local Naval Base, Captain Vaohavy Andriambelonarivo Andasy. Rear Admiral Barbieri said: “The port […]

  • 31 August 2016
    Training & Education

    EU Naval Force Somalia’s Force Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Luyckx, took the opportunity to visit Operation Atalanta’s Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently. After being welcomed onboard the Italian warship by her commanding officer, Commander Giuseppe Aletta, Commodore Luyckx was introduced to the crew and given a tour of the ship. ITS Euro has been […]

  • 5 July 2017
    Training & Education

    As part of her counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia, EU NAVFOR’s Italian warship, ITS Espero, has an Agusta-Bell AB 212 helicopter embarked. This highly capable helicopter provides the commanding officer with much-needed versatility, speed and range, as well as an intelligence-gathering capability. The helicopter can be deployed at short notice to investigate suspicious […]

  • 5 April 2018
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Italian Navy’s multi-purpose research vessel ITS Alliance is set to return to its homeport in La Spezia, Italy, on April 6, concluding a 79-day mission in waters off Iceland and Greenland. Alliance’s mission was to support a project carried out under the custody of NATO’s Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and led by the Woods […]

  • 27 November 2015
    Authorities

    The Italian light aircraft carrier ITS Garibaldi joined the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia Task Force in the Central Mediterranean taking over the role of mission flagship from ITS Cavour November 25.  Having left her home base port of Taranto (Italy) last June 26, only 4 days after the mission launch, the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, […]

  • 17 January 2019
    Authorities

    An Italian Navy sailor died from injuries sustained in an accident aboard the FREMM frigate Carlo Bergamini, the Italian defense ministry informed on January 16. The non-commissioned officer, who has been identified as First Marshall (primo maresciallo) Gioacchino Verde, sustained the fatal injuries as a mooring line snapped during a regular berthing procedure. The incident […]

  • 4 October 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Italian Navy has hosted another dual-ship decommissioning ceremony as it proceeds with its plans for the downsizing and modernization of an ageing fleet. Maestrale-class frigate ITS Euro and the patrol ship ITS Aviere, which was initially destined for Iraq, bowed out of service in a ceremony at the Taranto naval base on October 2. […]

  • 13 April 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The medical team aboard the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour has performed a surgical operation on a migrant rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea. Following an April 11 rescue operation in the central Mediterranean Sea, which led to the rescue of more than 2000 lives from 8 boats spotted by a Luxembourg SW3 Merlin III aircraft, the Frontex operation […]

  • 29 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Italian Navy divers from the Gruppo Operativo Subacqueo (GOS) who are currently embarked on Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, carried out regular diving training with the aim of maintaining a regular state of readiness. Normally based in La Spezia, Italy, the GOS are specialized in explosive ordnance disposal. They also conduct regular underwater inspections on ships’ hulls […]

  • 5 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Italian aircraft carrier, ITS Cavour, currently flagship of the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia, on February 3 carried out cross training with the Norwegian Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessel Siem Pilot using one of its embarked helicopters. An Italian EH-101 helicopter took off from ITS Cavour testing the ability to hover on the bow deck of the Norwegian ship, and […]

  • 4 March 2016
    Authorities

    Italian Navy frigate ITS Carabiniere was presented with a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) award for the protection it provided to an UNFAO vessel as it deployed Fishing Aggregation Devices (FADs). The Operation Atalanta flagship ITS Carabiniere was on a port visit to Dar es Salaam when the Deputy Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström presented the award to […]

  • 13 April 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Sailors aboard the Italian Navy’s minesweeper Gaeta recently put their mine-hunting technology to good use when they helped historians research the wreck of the Italian Navy destroyer ship Vincenzo Gioberti which was sunk in World War II. The Oriani-class destroyer was sunk by a British submarine, the HMS Simoom, on August 9, 1943, five miles west of Punta […]

  • 6 April 2018
    Authorities

    The EU-led counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia has welcomed a new force commander in a ceremony held in Djibouti on April 5. Italian Navy Rear Admiral Simone Malvagna will now be in charge of operation Atalanta from aboard his flagship, FREMM frigate ITS Carlo Margottini. The frigate is on the return leg of her […]

  • 30 December 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Carabiniere, conducted maritime training with sailors from the Madagascan Navy during her port visit to Antisiranana on December 23. Following an initial briefing on fire-fighting and boarding operations, the 19 Madagascan trainees conducted a series of exercises with sailors from ITS Carabiniere. On completion of the training, ITS Carabiniere’s training […]

  • 21 October 2015
    Authorities

    On Tuesday 20 October 2015, Operation Atalanta’s new flagship, ITS Carabiniere, was visited by the Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE. Major General Smith, together with the officer in charge of the Support Element Atalanta (SEA) based in Djibouti, Commander Philippe Dezoteux, was hosted on board ITS Carabiniere by the Force Commander, Rear Admiral […]

  • 11 November 2015
    Research & Development

    Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, provided food, water and medical assistance to local fishermen off the Somali Coast on Wednesday, November 4. The Italian warship visited several vessels to build on the relationships with local fisherman and explain why EU Naval Force warships are in the area. During the visit to one of the fishing […]

  • 15 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Sailors from the Italian Navy’s Maestrale-class frigate ITS Espero carried out maritime training with a team from the Djiboutian Navy during their recent port visit in Djibouti. Currently part of the EUNAVFOR’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta, ITS Espero worked with EUCAP Somalia staff during the training. Drills focused on tactical boarding of a suspect vessel, followed by real-time practical […]

  • 29 February 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Italian Navy transferred the ‘GO59’ floating dry dock from the Sicilian Augusta Naval Base to the Brindisi Naval Base, February 24. The undertaking was part of the rationalization of the Armed Forces resources and was planed out in December 2015. The new dock will replace the old, no longer usable one, and will have a displacement […]

  • 9 June 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two Operation Atalanta ships, FGS Bayern and ITS Euro, recently trained with the Seychelles Marine Police Unit and the Djiboutian Coastguard, respectively. Sailors from Operation Atalanta’s German Flagship, FGS Bayern, spent a day working with the Seychelles Marine Police Unit (MPU) during their port visit to the Seychelles, The German sailors provided training covering a variety of skills. […]

  • 25 February 2016
    Authorities

    On Saturday February 20, 2016 Operation Atalanta ships visited the Tanzanian port city Dar es Salaam. While in port, Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, Op Atalanta Force Commander received the mission’s Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström aboard the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Carabiniere. This was the Deputy Commander’s first visit to the Force Headquarters since […]

  • 5 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, took time to meet local seafarers while patrolling in the waters off Somalia, September 25. The team from ITS Libeccio was also joined by a Somali linguist from the Djibouti Coast Guard. During the meeting ITS Libeccio’s team provided the seafarers with food and water, and discussed the issues of piracy in […]

  • 6 April 2018
    Authorities

    An Italian Navy Agusta-Bell AB 212ASW helicopter with five on board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on April 5, the Italian Navy has informed. All five Italian Navy personnel from the helicopter were recovered immediately recovered but one crew member died during resuscitation attempts, the navy said. The helicopter, embarked aboard patrol vessel Comandante Borsini, was […]

  • 6 March 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri launched ‘Federico Martinengo’, the seventh Italian Navy FREM frigate, during a ceremony on March 4 at the Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa. Federico Martinengo is the seventh of overall ten vessels in the Carlo Bergamini-class Fincantieri is to build for the Italian Navy. Godmother of the ceremony was Mina De Caro, widow of […]

  • 9 October 2017
    Authorities

    The Italian Navy has decommissioned its deep sea tugboat ITS Prometeo after over 40 years of service. The vessel was decommissioned on October 5 at naval base Augusta in a ceremony attended by the chief of Coastal Defence Forces (COMFORPAT). Prometeo was the second of two Atlante-class tugboats built by Cantiere Navale Visentini for the Italian Navy […]