December 7, 2020 (Google Translation) – Wednesday 2 December, at the end of the ceremony of change of command of the European naval group, the Alpine frigate sold, the Spanish ship Reina Sofia the role of the Flagship EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation “Atalanta”, the European Union mission operating in the area between the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and part of the Indian Ocean.
Since 2008, the year of its activation, the “Atalanta” operation it involved 26 Italian ships and for 8 times the command was entrusted to an admiral of the Navy , most recently Rear Admiral Riccardo Marchiò . This means the important role played by the Navy in a basin that has great importance for national interests and for its repercussions on the national maritime cluster.
Alpine ship thus ends his period of employment in the Indian Ocean which began on 5 October 2020.
Departed on 19 September from the port of Taranto, a unit recently entered into service in the Navy, it participated for the first time in this European Union operation , reaching two other important milestones for a naval unit: the passage of the Suez Canal and crossing the equator line.
The activity in the Indian Ocean born in response to the growing attacks of piracy in the area of the Horn of Africa (Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin) to the detriment of merchant traffic, has as its objective the surveillance to protect national interests and sea routes in such a way as to ensure the unconditional use of the sea for merchant ships in transit. The naval group commanded by Rear Admiral Riccardo Marchiò was made up of the Alpino frigate, which gave the Flagship role to the frigate Reina Sofia, the Spanish ship Santa Maria and two patrol aircraft in support.
During the patrol activity in the Somali Basin, Nave Alpino also interacted with a Japanese Navy ship during a Force Demonstration in the waters off the coast of Gibutia.
Following the unmooring from the port of Djibouti, the Unit will direct to the Mediterranean Sea where it will conduct training activities with an Italian naval group and with ships of some foreign navies before returning to the homeland.