Italian navy frigate Carabiniere to visit Colombo

The Italian Navy FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) Carabiniere will is expected to visit Colombo from January 11-14.

Colombo is the second port visit of a four-months deployment, started in La Spezia on December 20, which will bring the ship to call in several ports in Australia, Indonesia, Malesia, Oman, Pakistan and Singapore.

On January 11, the Commanding Officer of ITS Carabiniere, Commander Francesco Pagnotta, will host the media on board the vessel for a briefing about the ship and her South-East Asia and Australia naval campaign.

ITS Carabiniere is an anti-submarine warship that has been delivered to the Italian Navy in April 2015 as the fourth FREMM of ten to be commissioned. The vessel is fitted with a latest generation platform and combat systems based on state-of-the-art military and civil standards.

ITS Carabiniere’s deployment is aimed to strength the ongoing cooperation activities with some trans-regional allies and develop relations with potential partners. Main themes of the naval campaign is thus maritime safety and surveillance, cooperation strengthening and naval diplomacy.

The South-East Asia and Australia naval campaign reflects an international vision that converges and outlines this century as the "blue one". The "blue growth" is considered a key factor for sustainable development of the countries where the sea is a key resource for business growth, employment and technology.

The deployment has been organised with the support of Fincantieri (lead sponsor), Leonardo, MBDA Italia, Elettronica and Telespazio.

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