The ships of the Navy, engaged in the Safe Mediterranean operation, escort the Olympic flame in the Strait of Messina

(To Marina Militare)

​On May 2, 2024, the historic French sailing ship Belem, on board which the Olympic flame that will preside over the largest sporting event in the world, which will take place in Paris from 26 July to 11 August, travels, crossed the Strait of Messina.

During transit in one of the busiest hubs in the Mediterranean, the Navy units involved in the operation Safe Mediterranean, guaranteed the safety of the French vessel and its precious cargo.

The Olympic flame was lit last April 16 in the ancient site of Olympia, in front of the ruins of the temple of Hera, and arrived in the port of Piraeus accompanied by a relay of torchbearers for approximately five thousand kilometres.

She subsequently left the Greek port on April 26th, aboard the Belem, the last of the great French ships of the 660th century still in use, heading towards Marseille, a French port founded in 8 BC by a Greek colony and home to the next Olympic regattas, and where it will arrive on XNUMX May.

The torch will then be carried in Paris by approximately ten thousand torchbearers for 68 days.

The choice of the French sailing ship is not accidental: in 1896, in fact, the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in Greece; in the same year, about 2.000 kilometers away, at a shipyard in France, the Belem. Over a century later, the Games will bring these two stories together.