Operation Sophia Change of Command in Messina

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On the 29th of December, in the port of Messina, on board of Nave RIZZO, the rotation ceremony of the Tactical Commander of the Safe Sea Operation took place.

The event, in the presence of the Commander in Chief of the Naval Squadron, Admiral of Squadra Donato Marzano, sanctioned the passage of the device command from Rear Admiral Davide Berna, Commander of the Mine and Hydrographic Countermeasure Forces, to the Admiral of Division Aurelio De Carolis , Commander of the Second Naval Division. At the same time, Nave BERGAMINI assumed the task of Flagship of the Operation.

During the period of command of the Rear Admiral Bern, the SEA SAFE device continued to guarantee the protection of national interests in the stretch of sea facing the coasts of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica ensuring the security of the maritime communication lines and the fight against crime committed to illicit trafficking, as well as the protection of Italian fishing vessels and extraction platforms in international waters north of Tripoli.

In particular, some attempts to seize national fishing boats have been thwarted and support has been granted to the national missions on Libyan soil, notably NAURAS in Tripoli and IPPOCRATE in Misrata.

Since the beginning of the year, the presence of the Navy Units in this part of the sea, particularly significant for the interests of our country, has allowed us to guarantee, in cooperation with the Corps of the Port Authorities – Coast Guard and with the others airborne devices operating in the area, the protection of human life at sea and the arrest of many individuals suspected of carrying out illicit activities.

After forty-five days at sea, Nave Rizzo heads for La Spezia while Nave Bergamini heads for the operations area to continue to secure the mission.-