The Italian navy has announced it will send a group of 20 yachts to visit the Italian port city of Corfu to demonstrate its capabilities in a bid to bolster the country’s defence industry.
According to a statement, the fleet of the US-based firm will sail from Corfu on May 2, 2018, for the first time in the country since it was set up in 2008.
The announcement came just hours after the Ministry of Defence released its final report on the Corfu-based program, which was launched in 2015 and was meant to strengthen the countrys defence industry and create jobs.
According the Ministry, the Corbu-based programme has been “highly successful”, but has also seen its share of controversy.
In 2015, a Corbu yacht was caught by the coastguard in distress off the island of Lampedusa, where it had to make a dangerous detour due to poor visibility.
According in the report, a similar incident occurred in 2018 when a yacht called the Mimi suffered a “misfire” when it came in contact with a derelict Italian ship in the waters off the northern port of Brescia.
Despite its reputation as a safe harbour for the Italian Navy, the Miri was later hit by a cruise ship that had been in distress and damaged.