Italian aircraft carrier houses a floating trade show

Italian aircraft carrier houses a floating trade show

Currently docked at Port Rashid, the carrier is making a stop in Dubai before heading to Africa on a humanitarian mission.



by

Muaz Shabandri

Published: Sun 29 Dec 2013, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:22 AM

The UAE and Italian Navy will engage in naval exercises off the coast of the UAE in the coming days.
The pride of Italian Navy, aircraft carrier Cavour, is a marvel of Italian ingenuity. Currently docked at Port Rashid, the carrier is making a stop in Dubai before heading to Africa on a humanitarian mission.
Speaking with Khaleej Times, Rear Admiral Paolo Trev, Commander of the 30th Naval Group, said: “It is very important to learn about different cultures and this area is strategic for the world. It is strategic to economy, finance and military aspects.”

The ship can take up challenging roles and it has routinely participated in combat and humanitarian missions. Air, sea and ground operations can be launched from the carrier and a hospital onboard provides complete medical support for the 1200 officers stationed on the Cavour at any given time.

“Italians love and admire this small but powerful country, capable of influencing not only the region but the destiny of the world,” he said of the UAE.

In a specially organised media tour, journalists in Dubai were given a closer look at the capabilities of the ship. The carrier’s hospital comes complete with surgery rooms, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and x-ray facilities. A visit to the flight deck revealed the combat skills of the carrier.

Harriers and military helicopters were moved around the deck as pilots walked about the hangar, waiting for their next call to action.

The UAE and Italian Navy will engage in naval exercises off the coast of the UAE in the coming days, which will include activities like refueling at sea, maritime interdiction, counter piracy, tactical communication and close ship maneuvers.

A harrier aboard the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour docked at Port Rashid in Dubai. — KT photos by Grace Guino

“We are here to show the world what Italy can do, displaying products and capabilities of excellence not only in the military world and in the industrial field, but also in the humanitarian one, therefore reflecting the genius, the will power (and) the building capabilities of the Italian people,” added Rear Admiral Trev.

The Italian ship’s visit will be followed by the visit of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta in February 2014.

Talking of the importance of the planned visit, Giorgio Starace, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE said: “The visit will highlight areas of strategic cooperation between (the) UAE and Italy and deepen dialogue on political scenarios. It will also encourage partnership between both countries.”

Rear Admiral Paolo Trev, Giorgio Starace and Italian Consul-General in the UAE, Giovanni Favilli, during the inauguration ceremony of the aircraft carrier.

A floating trade show hosted on the ship promoted ‘Made in Italy’ products. From guns and ship-building to furniture, the show presents some of Italy’s top brands and innovations.

The ship will leave Dubai on January 2, headed for Mombasa, Kenya. It will then continue to Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Angola and several other African countries before reaching Italy on April 7 next year.— muaz@khaleejtimes.com


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