July 8, 2021 (Google Translation) – On 30 June 2021, at the Mar Grande Naval Station in Taranto, the ceremony of the Last Ammaina Bandiera of the Espero ship took place, with the simultaneous landing of the Combat Flag.
The ceremony, presided over by the Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Squad, Squad Admiral Paolo Treu, was attended by local military, civil and religious authorities, the Combatant and Weapon Associations, Banners, Labari and Banners and finally the former commanders of units including, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy, squad admiral Aurelio De Carolis, and the former Chief of Defense Staff, squad admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli.
During his speech, the Commander in Chief of the Naval Squad recalled the moments spent on board, as Commander, in 1998, personally thanking part of his old crew, present at the ceremony, and dedicating a thought “in memory of those who belonged to ship Espero, are no longer among us and who from up there I imagine following, with guilty earthly emotion and participation, our choral and affectionate greeting to our beloved ship. A ship that today makes us feel part of a single crew, under a single flag, that flag that, in the presence of our lucid eyes, will soon be lowered, for the last time. ”
Seventh of the eight frigates of the Maestrale class, Espero was a missile and antisubmarine unit that from 1985 to 2018 played a fundamental role in many of the main international missions and operations with a total of 675,000 nautical miles traveled, about 31 times the length of the equator.
Also great was the emotion of the commander of the unit, frigate captain Mauro Paolizzi, when the Combat Flag was delivered in the hands of the Commander in Chief of the Naval Squad, to be then permanently deposited at the Shrine of Flags in Rome, at the interior of the Altar of the Fatherland.