Submarines and environmental protection

(To Marina Militare)

On January 14, at the Navy staff, the president of theHigher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Prefect Stefano Laporta, and the head of the 5th Submarine Department of the General Staff, Rear Admiral Vito Lacerenza, discussed the collaboration activities between ISPRA and the Navy provided for by the memorandum of understanding signed in December 2019.

The agreement aims to strengthen synergies for the protection of the marine environment and, in this context, a significant contribution can also come from the monitoring of marine habitats through the acoustic sensors of submarines.

ISPRA and the Navy also collaborate in the development of Artificial Intelligence algorithms for the classification of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic noise, with the help of university and industrial research.

The close collaboration with ISPRA has also allowed the inclusion of a submarine officer, as an expert in the sector, in the Technical Group On Underwater Noise established under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive aimed at protecting the seas of the European Union.

The new generation submarines, thanks to a range of technologically advanced sensors, as well as guaranteeing deterrence, safety and protection of national interests in the wider Mediterranean, contribute to scientific research and the protection of the marine environment.