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While at the Coast, the crews and volunteers aboard flagship aircraft carrier Cavour, supply ship Etna, Bergamini (frigate) and Borsini (offshore patrol vessel) are expected to offer humanitarian aid, engage in maritime security operations, and naval diplomacy as well as promote Italian enterprises. The campaign’s slogan is A Country on the Move.
Rear admiral Paolo Treu is the 30th Naval Group’s commander. Non-governmental organisations Operation Smile and Fondazione Francesca Rava with the help of the volunteer nurses from the Italian Red Cross and Red Crescent will launch the humanitarian assistance mission around Africa from Mombasa.
According to Naval Group media relations specialist Filomena Furlan, Operation Smile surgeons will perform corrective surgery on children with facial deformities aboard the Cavour.
“While Fondazione Francesca Rava doctors, who fight blindness in infants, will be working in a laboratory on board supply ship Etna,” said the official in a statement.
The visit will also offer an opportunity to boost the relations between Kenyan and Italian navies through exchange of experience and ideas in respect to training and operational capabilities “while fostering interoperability”.
Mr Treu, according to Ms Furlan, is expected to meet various Kenyan authorities to boost bilateral relations as well as gain an insight of the region such as the South Sudan conflict and its impact on its neighbours.
The sponsors of the campaign are the Foreign Affairs, Economic Development and Cultural Heritage ministries as well as the Institute of Foreign Commerce. Others are Expo 2015, Fincantieri, Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland, SELEX ES, OTO Melara, WASS, MBDA, Telespazio, FederLegnoArredo, Elettronica SPA, Intermarine, Gruppo Beretta, CABI Cattaneo, AVS Group, CIO Iveco – OTO Melara, Pirelli, MES-AID, Piaggio Aero, Blackshape, Sitael and Mermec.
Before docking in Mombasa, the naval vessels will have visited the Arabic Gulf’s ports such as Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Djibouti and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
Other ports of call after the ships left Italy on November 30 last year will be Mina Salman (Bahrain), Kuwait City, Doha (Qatar), Muscat (Oman) and Dubai (UAE).
From Mombasa port, the 30th Naval Group will embark on a tour of the African continent visiting Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, DR Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and Algeria with specific focus on humanitarian assistance.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland