Italian Navy PPA Starts Asia Pacific Deployment

ITS Francesco Morosini (P-431). Italian Navy picture.

Italian Navy PPA Starts Asia Pacific Deployment – Naval News

Luca Peruzzi  07 Apr 2023

The Italian Navy’s second Thaon di Revel-class PPA Francesco Morosini left La Spezia naval base on the evening of 6 April for a deployment of five months in the Asia-Pacific region.

The crew of the second Thaon di Revel-class PPA will call in fifteen ports of fourteen countries across the area up to Japan and South Korea to promote freedom of navigation and the respect of international law of the sea alongside the conduction of naval diplomacy and maritime security missions. The Italian Navy vessel will also participate in Operations Atalanta and Agenor, the later under the European-led Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH).

The departure of Francesco Morosini and its crew headed by commander Giovanni Monno was greeted with a sober ceremony by the Undersecretary of State for Defence Matteo Perego di Cremnago and the ITN Chief of the Fleet (CINCNAV) admiral Aurelio De Carolis, together with local military, civil authorities, industrial representatives and personnel families.

“I am here today,” said the Undersecretary in his greeting address to the crew, “to express the gratitude of the whole nation for the effort you have made in this period to allow Morosini vessel to be found ready and able to take to the sea to bring our Tricolour to proudly wave in distant seas”. “Men and women of Morosini ship,” concluded the Undersecretary, “you represent a concrete testimony of the national commitment in a region, South-East Asia, which represents an environment of growing international attention, so I wish you all a good wind…”

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