Jan 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed Italian Navy's Bergamini-class frigate ITS Carabiniere arrived at the Port of Colombo this morning (11) on a goodwill visit.
Upon arrival, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Lieutenant Commander Francesco Pagnotta paid a courtesy call on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion.
The ITS Carabiniere left the Italian port of La Spezia on December 20 on deployment to Australia and Southeast Asia for an 'Italian industry showcase'. The ship will enter more than ten ports on its deployment and take part in exercises with different regional navies in the following months, according to Italian Navy.
The ship is scheduled to stay at Colombo Harbor until 14th January and the ship's crew is expected to participate in several programs and PASSEX with Sri Lanka Navy Ships, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy in view of strengthening mutual relations, during their stay in Sri Lanka.