Ships of the Italian Navy seen in La SpeziaPosted: May 5, 2016
(Comando del Primo Gruppo Navale currently comprises the following ships:
- Caio Duilio (Orizzonte-class Air-defence Destroyer)
- Carlo Bergamini (Bergamini-class General-purpose Frigate)
- Virginio Fasan (Bergamini-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Carlo Margottini (Bergamini-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Maestrale (Maestrale-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Grecale (Maestrale-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Libeccio (Maestrale-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Scirocco (Maestrale-class Anti-submarine Frigate)
- Bersagliere (Lupo-class Light Patrol Frigate)
- Vesuvio (Stromboli-class Replenishment Tanker)
- Elettra (Intelligence Gathering Ship)
Comando delle Forze di Contromisure Mine comprises two squadrons:
- COMSQUADRAG 53, which includes the Gaeta-class Minehunters Numana, Rimini, Termoli, and Viareggio, and the Lerici-class Minehunters Vieste and Sapri
- COMSQUADRAG 54, which includes the Gaeta-class Minehunters Alghero, Chioggia, Crotone, and Gaeta, and the Lerici-class Minehunters Lerici and Milazzo)
Most of these ships were not present (or not visible) when we visited La Spezia, but the following ships were:
An Audace-class Guided Missile Destroyer, which was withdrawn from service in 2006.
Bergamini-class Frigates: Carlo Margottini (F592) (on the left) and Carlo Bergamini (F590) (on the right).
A Maestrale-class Anti-submarine Frigate.
A Soldati-class Frigate: Artigliere (F582), which has now been withdrawn from service.
Magnaghi (A 5303) Hydrographic Survey Vessel.
A Stromboli-class Replenishment Tanker: Vesuvio (A5329).
Although not part of the Italian Navy, the Guardia di Finanza (Finance Guard) is a Military Police force that is responsible for dealing with financial crime, smuggling, and countering the drugs trade. They maintain a fleet of armed patrol boats that are stationed at various bases around Italy’s coastline.