Crime and Court news / History of Italy / Security and defence

Sicily Channel, even submarines at work against illegal immigration

During the night between Wednesday and Thursday the Italian Navy was able to arrest 16 human traffickers and seize their boat in the Sicily Channel.

The success was made possible by the surveillance work by the submarine Prini, who had shadowed and filmed the boat.

The Italian Navy operates six submarines. Prini belongs to the Sauro class.

Captain Giuliano Prini was a submarine commander whose unit was lost in action in the Atlantic Ocean in 1941.

Lieutenant Nazario Sauro was a Navy commando (and one of the first commandos in military history) executed by Austria-Hungary in 1916.

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