In occasion of the stop in Jeddah of the Italian Frigate FREMM Carabiniere, IBG, with the patronage of Italian Consulate, organized a reception at the Italian Cultural Section on Saturday, December 31. French and American Business Groups were involved and collaborate to the success of the event.
Special guests were all the officers boarded the frigate, and commander Francesco Pagnotta, who were pleased to have the occasion to meet with the international community in Jeddah.
The Italian anti-submarine warship Carabiniere has made Jeddah its first and only stop in the Gulf on a route that will take it to Singapore and Australia. The visit, billed as a sign of friendship between the Kingdom and Italy, will help to strengthen bilateral ties in the naval and maritime sectors within the framework of international naval cooperation. The stopover of this ship will also enable Italy to showcase FREMM’s design and capabilities, with the frigate being a candidate in Australia’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.
Carabiniere belong to the new European multi-purpose frigate (FREMM) class, a class of frigates designed by the French DCNS and the Italian Fincantieri in a joint program to replace the existing destroyers and frigates within the French and Italian navies. The Carabiniere is fitted with the latest-generation platform and combat systems, based on state-of-the-art military and civil standards.
It can perform a wide range of missions, including civilian tasks such as rescue and humanitarian assistance.
During the naval mission presentation, held at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) by HE Elisabetta Martini and commander Pagnotta, it has been also announced that 60 young Saudis would be trained in Italian academies — 10 of them in the naval academy — in the coming year.
JCCI Vice Chairman Mazen Batterjee said the companies that built the warship were invited to invest in Saudi Arabia “to transfer their expertise and technical knowledge ... as we aspire to make the Kingdom a manufacturer and builder of such ships, not only a consumer and importer.”