Economy / Security and defence

Aircraft carrier considered for sale by Italy

Everything is for sale in Italy: palaces, castles, even Venice islands. Military bases, and perhaps even an aircraft carrier. The new Minister of Defense is in fact considering the sale of aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi, ship n. 551 of the Italian Navy.

Garibaldi is first Italian aircraft carrier ever. During World War II no such ship was in the Royal Navy, since the Italian Admiralty was of the opinion that the Peninsula was “a natural aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean”. When the mistake was detected, it was too late.

Garibaldi was the flagship of the Italian Navy until the enter into service of the newer aircraft carrier Cavour in 2009.

She can carry 18 planes and she saw service in major Italian military operations, including Somalia, Lebanon, Kosovo and Afghanistan.


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