With the classic "Good wind and calm sea" wished by Senator Stefania Pucciarelli, Undersecretary of State for Defense, and by the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, it started on Monday 5 July, aboard Nave Vespucci the campaign of the cadet officers of the first class of the Naval Academy.
“I appreciate and admire you - said the undersecretary in his speech referring to young people - for the choice of commitment and sacrifice dictated by a strong sense of responsibility and a keen propensity for duty and discipline. The hope is to see your dreams come true ".
A tradition that is renewed year after year that of the education campaign, this year the number 85 aboard the Vespucci which has just turned 90 years old and is today the oldest and longest-lived naval squad unit in service. A milestone in the training of future officers of the Navy which is repeated with a renewed drive for innovation.
“My invitation is to try to grasp every nuance of this 'sea of opportunities' that the education campaign can offer. - underlined Admiral Cavo Dragone - In these months they will know the tradition but also the innovation: together the knowledge useful to mature and forge in the soul and in the body these boys and girls who will return men and women of the Navy. They will temper the character, they will learn the absolute value of the crew, the importance of teamwork and the value of friendship ".
From today until 6 September, the 104 students, 73 males and 31 females, representing almost all the regions of Italy, and 14 cadets of foreign navies, vaccinated against Covid and safely, "They will have the opportunity to consolidate seafaring training through a training course based on teamwork, which characterizes every sailor in carrying out the tasks of the armed force at the service of the community, and receive the so-called 'baptism of the sea'" underlined the ship's commander Vespucci, ship captain Gianfranco Bacchi.
First stop of the 2021 Campaign Port Mahon, in the Balearics.