LAMPEDUSA, DECEMBER 22 – From Lampedusa to Nave Fasan. Ahead of the holidays, Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti and Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Gen. Claudio Graziano, paid a visit to the men and women of Operation Mare sicuro (Safe Sea), serving at sea to protect the country and to save lives at risk in coordination with the European mission EUNAVFOR MED.
In Lampedusa, the resort that is the southernmost point of Italy and has become the first European gateway on the Central Mediterranean migration route, Pinotti and Graziano met Mayor Giusi Nicolini. On board of Nave Fasan, they praised the efforts of the about 750 Italian sailors deployed for Mare Sicuro, an operation launched in March 2015 as a response to the Libyan crisis to patrol the Channel of Sicily against the risk of terrorism and human trafficking and to protect oil platforms installed in international waters.
Mare Sicuro is offering support to Task Force Italy and EUNAVFOR MED with about 2,000 missions which in turn allowed to safe almost 290,000 migrants, as well as to Operation Ippocrates, an humanitarian mission to provide emergency health facilities to Libyan military personel wounded in the battle of Sirte. (@OnuItalia)