Someone has to do it! It might as well be a country gifted with a maritime past, including Amerigo Vespucci, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and masterful shipbuilding.
On December 14, a simple ceremony off Djibouti waters, established that an Italian Navy Admiral will lead the Multinational Antipiracy Maritime Force. Admiral Giovanni Gumiero will be in charge of the EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA. His ship, ETNA, is equipped with a hospital and the capacity to provide electrical power and fresh water.
Optimistic and proud to command the new flagship ETNA, Admiral Gumiero stated “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the enthusiastic and determined support to the anti piracy mission, accomplishing the assigned tasks, showing their high level of readiness and flexibility. The Task Force has achieved remarkable results so far and I am confident that with their motivation and dedication we can further enhance our effectiveness, thus granting continuity to EU efforts in establishing freedom and security at sea in this region of the world”.
As a proud Italian and a proponent of safety at sea, I wish the Admiral much good fortune in bringing in restoring safety on our seas.