September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Frigate of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Admiral Essen completed the business call at the port of Messina on the island of Sicily (Italy) and continued its tasks in the Mediterranean.
During the stay of the frigate “Admiral Essen” in the Italian city, the crew of the ship visited a monument to Russian sailors and local historical attractions of Messina.
The visit of the Russian ship to the Italian port was timed to coincide with the 110th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the city in 1908. The crews of the Russian Navy ships that were then in the harbor came to the aid of the Italian citizens first.
On this occasion, in 2012 in Messina was solemnly opened a monument in honor of the Russian sailors who assisted the earthquake-affected Italians.