On Friday 31 March 2023, the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, with a solemn ceremony, will receive the Institute Flag, granted with the Presidential Decree of 20 April 2022, in the presence of the Undersecretary of State for Defense Matteo Perego di Cremnago, of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, team admiral Enrico Credendino and the highest civil, military and religious authorities.
The ceremony will take place in Genoa, in Piazza Matteotti from 09.45, followed later, in Hall of the Maggior Consiglio of the Palazzo Ducale the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, established with the Royal Decree n.1205 of 26 December 1872.
The Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, founded in Genoa in 1872 and currently located at Forte San Giorgio, on one of the bastions of the sixteenth-century wall of the Ligurian regional capital, is a State cartographic body and is responsible for the national hydrographic service and production of all the official nautical documentation relating to the Italian seas.
Its area of expertise covers over 550.000 square kilometres, with a coastal development of around 8.000 kilometres. A region of great strategic interest, located in the center of the Mediterranean, dividing it into two basins, and at the confluence of the main international sea routes linking Western Europe with the Middle and Far East.
Furthermore, the Institute has the fundamental tasks of contributing to the safety of navigation, both military and merchant, to the defense of the nation and to the knowledge and enhancement of everything related to the sea, from a technical, scientific, environmental and cultural.