ITS Libeccio Helps Merchant Vessel off Somalia

On Thursday 18 June 2015, Operation Atalanta warship, ITS Libeccio, responded to a distress call from an Italian-flagged merchant vessel, MV Roberto Rizzo, after it became adrift 55 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

MV Roberto Rizzo had been en route to China when it developed serious engine problems.  Its close proximity to the coast made it vulnerable to potential pirate attack.

As ITS Libeccio’s helicopter hovered overhead, Italian Navy engineers quickly carried out repairs on the stricken engine.

Image: EUNAVFOR

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