Vessel Montecuccoli continues the "Operational Projection Campaign" and sails the seas of Mexico arriving in Manzanillo

(To Marina Militare)
11/06/24

From June 5 to 8, the Mexican port of Manzanillo hosted Nave Montecuccoli, engaged in the "Operational Projection Campaign" which began last April 29th and will continue until November. This stop, in addition to consolidating the long and fruitful diplomatic relationship between Italy and Mexico which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary, has offered the opportunity to show the technical and operational capabilities of one of the most representative and distinctive ships of the Italian military fleet, a union between the national shipbuilding industry and the increasingly competitive technological sector.

Il Montecuccoli, third Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessel (PPA), first in configuration LightPlus, is a unit designed to carry out a wide range of missions ranging from the role of flagship of a naval force, to escort units for aircraft carrier groups, to presence and surveillance missions in the areas of interest, demonstrating reliability, operational flexibility and high platform and combat performance. During the three-day stop in Manzanillo, the crew of the Montecuccoli was therefore able to become the protagonist of an activity of "promotion" of Italian excellence, as well as promoting the exchange of both technical and operational knowledge with important exponents of the Armada de Mexico in order to give continuity to the cooperation between the two Italian navies .

In addition to these activities, official meetings with local and military authorities and guided tours took place on board the unit. Visits on board the Montecuccoli they offered the local public and the authorities the opportunity to discover the technical characteristics and peculiarities of the ship up close, arousing great interest and admiration.

To emphasize the visit of Montecuccoli in Manzanillo there was the presence of the Italian ambassador to Mexico, Alessandro Modiano and the governor of the state of Colima, Indira Vizcaíno Silva, who underlined the importance of the arrival in the most important Mexican port, with a strong diplomatic impact and cultural, with the awareness that the event has further strengthened the ties between Italy and Mexico in the broad framework of maritime security, in the common objective of guaranteeing freedom of navigation and the safety of trade routes.

During the visit, the centrality of the Italian Navy's commitment to participating in international missions in order to contribute to the stability of the global maritime space emerged. Once the stop was over, the Montecuccoli will sail to San Diego, the last "continental" port of call before heading to Pearl Harbor to participate in the exercises RIMPAC 24 e Pacific Dragon, both US-led.