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Mitscher Arrives in Civitavecchia, Italy

October 5, 2018 at 9:44 AM UTC
USS Mitscher (DDG 57) Public Affairs

Civitavecchia is the port town of the Metropolitan City of Rome, in the central Italian region of Lazio.  Civitavecchia, meaning “ancient town” in Italian, has served as the “Port of Rome” since the early 2nd century.

Civitavecchia is the port town of the Metropolitan City of Rome, in the central Italian region of Lazio.  Civitavecchia, meaning “ancient town” in Italian, has served as the “Port of Rome” since the early 2nd century.

“We are very excited to arrive in Italy, and even more so in the beautiful port of Civitavecchia,” said Cmdr. Ian Scaliatine, commanding officer of Mitscher, “We are looking forward to a great visit and advanced training with the Italian navy. The partnership between the U.S. and Italy is so important to maintaining peace and stability.”

The ship’s visit to Civitavecchia comes days before Mare Aperto, a multilateral maritime warfare exercise led by the Italian navy in the Mediterranean Sea designed to improve interoperability and proficiency of naval units. France, Italy, and the U.S. are sending warships to participate.

“Our visit in Civitavecchia will give us an opportunity to establish relationships with our Italian counterparts and develop the team prior to the exercise,” said Cmdr. Matt Cox, executive officer of Mitscher. “Being able to increase our understanding of how we will operate together is very important, and will allow us to learn even more throughout the events.”

During Mare Aperto, the participating navies will conduct exercises and drills focused on maintaining stability and sea control including naval gunnery, air defense, and anti-submarine warfare.

Mitscher, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

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