The December 5 date marked the last moments of operational life of three units of the Navy, the ships Lobster, Murena e Purple, which, after about 62 years of activity at the service of the community, ended its operational life.
The last flag was chaired by the commander in chief of the naval squad, team admiral Paolo Treu who symbolically received the flags of the three naval units from their respective commanders.
The three units, born as MSI (Inshore Minesweeper) "Amagnetic coastal minesweeper" of the MSI type, were built around the 50 years to be subsequently delivered to the Navy between the 1957 and the 1958.
Employed up to the 70 years in mine dredging operations dating back to the second world war, starting from the 1985 the ships belonging to the Class Lobster, were reclassified as auxiliary ships and assigned to the 74 ° Naval Training Group Command (COMGRUPNAVADD 74).
Frequently stationed in the port of Livorno, they were therefore mainly used for the training of students and officers attending the Naval Academy.
We therefore salute, Ship Lobster, Ship Murena of the Ship Purple that have allowed a profitable formation to numerous students and officers of the Navy, with whom they have over the years lived a long career at sea.