End 2014: terminate the DNSSM operations


The end of the 2014 coincided with the end of the operations conducted by the Naval Surveillance and Maritime Security Device (DNSSM) activated after the Operation Mare Nostrum.

The DNSSM has worked to safeguard human life at sea, to combat illicit trafficking aimed at arresting smugglers and capturing the 'mother ships' as well as to contribute to health prevention, by containing and screening migrants before their arrival on the national coasts.

For this need, the Navy engaged about 24 soldiers 7/7, distributed as follows:

1 LPD or ETNA type amphibious ship, headquarters of the Command of the 29th Naval Group (CGN 29) with the function of logistic-health hub, capable of hosting the representatives of other national / international Departments / Bodies involved in the operation;

3 ships of the offshore patrol or Corvette type;

1 EH101 or SH90 helicopter on board;

2 AB - 212 helicopters on board;

1 forward logistics site (FLS) located in Lampedusa with logistical support tasks for the units.

In two months at sea our crews have:

rescued 4608 people of the 13668 recovered overall not only by the Navy, but also by the means of the Port Authorities, the Guardia di Finanza and merchant ships;

managed 6 health emergencies including the happy event of the birth of a child aboard Nave Etna;

captured 1 "mother ship";

handed over to the National Judicial Authority 19 alleged smugglers.

Source: Military Navy