The Italian Frigate in the Red Sea: Signifying Crucial Protection for Crews and Trade According to Assarmatori

The objective of the international community should be to safeguard the law, ensure freedom of navigation, promote prosperous trade and, most importantly, guarantee the safety and security of the women and men comprising the crews. Assarmatori, emphasizing concerns about the threats facing navigation in the Red Sea and the recurring attacks on merchant ships, expresses sincere appreciation for the choice of the Italian Government to deploy the frigate “Virginio Fasan” to the critical area, as announced by Defense Minister Guido Crosetto following a meeting with United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Discussions between the Association, the Government and Navy leaders have been frequent during these challenging days, culminating in this significant and commendable operational outcome.


“The situation in the Red Sea is at very high risk and demands a united effort and utmost attention from the international community – states the president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina. The priority is ensuring the safety of our crews, who engage in a precious, irreplaceable, complex and often underestimated activity by public opinion. The deployment of the “Virginio Fasan” to the Red Sea, and therefore Italy’s participation in the international task force, represents a highly significant signal. The Italian maritime industry, which has consistently enjoyed an excellent collaborative relationship with the Navy, now relies on essential protection; the ongoing anti-piracy exercises and the constant dialogue between military leaders and shipping companies represent a heritage of inestimable value in a moment of great emergency like the current one”.


Assarmatori underlines the significance of attacks on merchant ships occurring in an area of very high strategic importance for global trade, particularly Europe. The Suez Canal, through which approximately 12% of world maritime traffic passes, saw over 23 thousand ships traverse its waters last year. Notably, 40% of Italian import-export activities, valued at over 80 billion euros, rely on this vital route. In 2023 a historic record was set with 107 units transiting in both directions in a single day. “Any threat to security in this area – concludes Stefano Messina – constitutes a destabilizing factor for global trade and in particular for that of our country”.



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