Italian Navy’s ITS Andrea Doria, moored at Abu Dhabi Mina Zayed Port, has participated at the 12th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) and the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).
At the end of a 6 month deployment as EU anti-piracy Mission Atlanta flagship, the unit has set sail from the Somali Basin towards Hormuz, to represent the Italian Navy at IDEX 2015.
Among a number of events organized as a welcome addition to IDEX, a visit from the Italian Minister of Defence, Senator Roberta Pinotti, and business meetings with Italian enterprises in the U.A.E were held. The vessel’s commanding officer, Captain Angelo Virdis, also visited the recently inaugurated shipyards at the Ethiad Ship Building, thought as a joint venture between Italian and local firms to earn a chance to become a hub for maintenance and crew training for the units built here.
This international stage has given destroyer Andrea Doria a chance to showcase all her and the Italian Navy’s potential.
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