Mooring of the Italian Frigate ITS VIRGINIO FASAN at Larnaca's harbor and PASSEX exercise

The Italian frigate ITS VIRGINIO FASAN, FREMM, as part of its national and allied mission in the wider eastern Mediterranean region docked on 08 February 2020 to the Larnaca Port.

The Chief of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris paid a visit, accompanied by Naval Chief Commander Charalambos Charalambous, after an official visit from ships’ commanding. Also, Italian Ambassador of Cyprus was present during the official visit.

On February 10th, 2020, following the departure of the Italian frigate from the port of Larnaca, and in the framework of the Cypriot-Italian Bilateral Military Cooperation Program, a common PASSEX was conducted with OPV IOANNIDES of the Cyprus Navy Command.

The exercise included, among others, asymmetric threat scenarios, consensual sailing, transport of injured crew-member from the Italian frigate with its organic helicopter, firing and formations and was an excellent opportunity for the Cypriot and Italian Navy crews to be further trained in naval cooperation.