March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Campaign in the Middle East and Arabian Sea – MOMA 19 : the sixth stop saw the Italian Navy unit moored at the port of the Qatari capital from 2 to 5 March. The words of Ambassador Salzano during his visit on board highlighted the importance of naval diplomacy , with a view to consolidating political, diplomatic and economic relations with nations of strategic importance for Italy.
The campaign of the Margottini in the countries of the Arabian Sea is both an emblem of dialogue and international cooperation, and an opportunity – renewed from port to port – to carry out exercises with the local naviesin order to increase interoperability and mutual understanding of operational capabilities, which, in fact, was also carried out with three units of Qatar Emiri Naval Force.
During a stop in the port of Doha, a crew representative also took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Islamic art and the Katara cultural village , appreciating the aspects and tradition of the local culture. The FREMM , at the same time, hosted for the usual visits on board a large representation of the Italian community in Qatar (about 2500 people) including the World Champion of Spain ’82, Alessandro Altobelli.
Margottini then arrived in the port of Muscat, the capital of Oman, where she remained until March 9: now she is headed to the Gulf of Aden where she will join the European naval group engaged in the Operation Atalanta aimed at combating piracy. In particular, the assigned mission consists in deterring and combating piracy in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, in the protection of ships rented by the World Food Program for the delivery of goods and humanitarian aid destined for Somalia, in the protection of freedom navigation in the high seas and in the protection of national merchant ships.