The 1930’s Italian Navy training ship ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ sailed along Gozo’s coastlines in the mid-afternoon and Malta’s coastlines on the evening of Tuesday 21st July.
Around sunset an Italian navy traditional lowering ceremony took place, consisting of 106 cadets. The vessel saluted Malta as it came past Valletta. The masts of the ship were brightened by the ‘tricolore’, which are the 3 colours of the Italian flag.
The first year cadets of the naval academy continued to sail the ship around Malta and towards Sicily in the high seas.
This year, the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ sett off from the port of Livorno, sailed around the archipelago of La Maddalena, went through the strait of Messina and now through the strait of Sicily.
The ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ was launched back on the 22nd of February 1931 and since then the ship has been used for the Livorno Naval Academy cadets to train on. The vessel has also visited Malta a couple of times.
Normally, the ship would open to the public to visit but this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ship will remain closed for the public visitations.