The minehunter Gaeta becomes part of the Operation device Noble Shield (formerly Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 2-SNMCMG2), currently under Italian operational command.
During his stay under the aegis of Nato, the Italian minehunter, under the command of Lieutenant Alberto Gambino, will sail the entire width of the Mediterranean, from the west to Lisbon to the east to Alexandria in Egypt, passing through Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey, demonstrating the integration that characterizes the Atlantic alliance. Furthermore, there will be many international exercises carried out in the field of mine countermeasures, crucial for training naval units and ensuring a rapid and effective response to potential threats. The permanent group of minehunters mainly deals with activities to combat naval mines, a fundamental aspect for ensuring the safety of maritime routes and commercial traffic.
Ship Gaeta left Port Mahon after attending the commemoration of the sinking of the battleship Roma and, with the NATO flag on the shore, heads west towards the Pillars of Hercules and the first stop in Portugal.