Italy’s Navy sailing ship Palinuro commander: visit to Odesa is historic event

Source : 112 Ukraine

Italian Navy sailboat Palinuro school’s visit is important historical event, said Captain 2nd Rank Gabriele Belfiore
22:32, 15 August 2016

First year students of the petty officers school conduct trainings on board of the ship, moored at the Odesa port on Monday, Unian reports.

"The stop at the port of Odesa is an important historical moment for our ship. For the first time in 82 years of existence, it has come to the Black Sea, in your port. Odesa is well known among Italian sailors, all they dream to visit it", Belfiore said at a press conference held on board of the Palinuro.

He stressed that the passage through the Bosporus and Dardanelles is very important for students.

Belfiore thanked Odesa for the warm welcome.

He said that there are 130 crew members, including 33 cadets of the Italian Navy, including 12 girls. During practice on a sailboat girl acted as sailors on a par with men.

After high school, the elders will serve on the ships of the Italian Navy specialists in the field of electrical engineering and computer systems, the nurses, or the Coast Guard.

According to the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Ukraine Fabrizio Romano, the Palinuro’s arrival in Ukraine is another step in the consolidation of relations between the two countries.

"Our relations are friendly and warm, in the first place due to the proximity of our cultures", said the ambassador.

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