Posted on June 14, 2022
On Tuesday 14 June, at 3.30 pm, the alternation ceremony of the Command of theOperation Safe Sea (WHO) an operation that provides for the deployment of an air-naval device capable of guaranteeing maritime presence, surveillance and security activities in the central Mediterranean and in the Strait of Sicily, in order to guarantee freedom of navigation in the area. For this purpose, the national device operates in full synergy with the air and naval groups present in the Mediterranean under the aegis of NATO, the EU or belonging to partner countries.
In the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Squad, Squad Admiral Aurelio De Carolis, Rear Admiral Luca Pasquale Esposito will hand over the position of Tactical Commander to Division Admiral Vincenzo Montanaro.
As part of the 50th rotation of the air-naval device, which started on 13 April, the intervention carried out by the patrol vessel Vega in support of the Tunisian navy in the waters in front of the port of Gabes (Tunisia), on the site of the sinking of the cargo ship Xelo, in order to prevent environmental damage resulting from the spill of hydrocarbons at sea.
The Safe Sea Operation, launched on 12 March 2015 following the evolution of the Libyan crisis, guarantees the surveillance and maritime safety of an area of approximately 160,000 square km in width, in which numerous activities of great national interest are located and from which the prosperity of our economic system depends, such as the transport of raw materials and products of the country, fishing and the extraction of important energy resources.
In order to keep our maritime communication lines open and usable and to guarantee the surveillance of the strategic infrastructures of the country that reside in this large portion of the sea (oil platforms, gas pipelines and telecommunications cables), the air-naval device of the Operation can use up to 6 naval vessels. (Press release)