Large Italian Navy Ship Visits Under Armour Pier in Locust Point

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Italian Navy Ship ITS Alpino is currently at Under Armour Pier in Locust Point at 1020 Hull St. It arrived on Sunday and today is its last scheduled day in Baltimore before departing for New York City.

ITS Alpino is a new FREMM class 474-foot Italian Navy frigate.

From NavalToday.com:

Alpino arrived at Norfolk Station Norfolk on May 17 and will stay until May 24.

Prior to making the first port call of her North America tour, the frigate met at sea with guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) to carry out combined operations May 16-17.

“The crew exchange was highly beneficial to both Gonzalez’s crew and Alpino’s, giving rare insight into each other’s daily routine, said Cmdr. Les Sobol, the commanding officer of USS Gonzalez. “The [passing exercise] was an invaluable opportunity to flex multiple skillsets with our NATO partners at sea.”

In addition to the passing exercise, Gonzalez and Alpino conducted visit, board, search, and seizure exercises and flashing light communication drills off the coast of Virginia, allowing both crews to gain familiarity and proficiency in tactical maneuvering and communications.

Also in the article:

Following her stay in Norfolk, Alpino will visit Baltimore, New York City, and Boston. The trip is designed to both improve upon cooperation between the US and Italian navies and underscore the potential benefits of frigates modelled off the ITS Alpino for the US Navy.

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