Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta order the Italian Navy, with support from the Italian Air Force, to patrol the Sicily Channel in order to avoid new disasters involving illegal immigrants or asylum seekers.
Founded as the Royal Navy in 1861, the Italian Navy fought with distinction during World War II, with its commando forces earning a particular reputation.
It currently operates two aircraft carriers, two minor aircraft carriers, three missile destroyers and ten submarines. It has a dedicated air force.
The military mission will start tomorrow.