May 26, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Alliance multi-purpose research unit left La Spezia on 21 May and is sailing towards the Arctic Ocean for the HIGH NORTH21 campaign , which will officially begin on 10 June after the usual stop in the port of Tromsø .
The Navy and the Hydrographic Institute are preparing to return to the Arctic for the three-year research in HIGH NORTH marine geophysics 2020-2022.
The HIGH NORTH21 campaign is aimed at ensuring the continuity of environmental observations useful to the international and national scientific community.
As with all Navy ships engaged in operations, a stringent health protocol was implemented to ensure the health of the personnel on board in the face of the COVID-19 emergency.
Nave Alliance, under the command of frigate captain Nicola Pizzeghello, is a multi-purpose ship that mainly carries out research activities for NATO, with a crew of the Navy, which, through the Hydrographic Units and Experience Squadron Command (COMSQUAIDRO) and the Command of the Mine Countermeasures Forces (MARICODRAG), is organized organically, in the Command in Chief of the Naval Squad (CINCNAV). It has a crew of 45 soldiers integrated by a scientific team, coordinated by Professor Roberta Ivaldi of the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy.
This campaign is supported by prestigious international and national research bodies, such as the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) on behalf of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (STO), the JRC – European Union Research Center, the National Research Council (CNR), the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Economic Development (ENEA), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) , the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) and private industry (e-GEOS / Telespazio).
The HIGH NORTH 21 campaign has as its objective the knowledge of the Ocean, a topic for the attention of the global community for the interest shown by the United Nations, precisely at the opening of the decade dedicated to the oceans (UN Decade of Ocean Science for Environment Sustainability ) and will see a member of Young Ocean Researchers.
On board the Alliance ship for HIGH NORTH21, there are 4 officers and non-commissioned officers of the Navy during their specialized and academic training in the field of Hydrography, offered by the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, as well as two young researchers participating in the Early program United Nations Career Ocean Professionals ( ECOP) for the formation of an Ocean Generation .