Italy sends destroyer to coast of Lebanon… {cough} Syria {cough}

Crafty! Claiming it’s a UNIFIL MTF deployment when clearly its all about Syria and nothing else. The UN itself blows a hole in the Italian story – only listing Bangladeshi, Brazilian, German, Greek, Indonesian and Turkish ships assigned to the MTF. Oh well… whatever fools the Italian public for however long it fools the Italian public.

ITS Andrea Doria (D553) is a Horizon-class destroyer commissioned into the Marina Militare in 2007. Primarily equipped for air-defense, she would prove useful in the ballistic missile defence rôle, though of limited use in the strike rôle. European navies lack of cruise missile launch capability is coming home to roost.

Italy sends destroyer to Lebanese coast

Italy sent a destroyer to the Lebanese coast within the scope of UNIFIL to protect its military personnel against any developments in the case of possible intervention in Syria.

Italy sent a destroyer to the Lebanese coast within the scope of the United Nation Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to protect its military personnel against any developments in the case of a possible intervention in Syria.

Speaking on ‘SKY TG 24’ tv channel, Luigi Binelli-Mantelli, Chief of General Staff stated that one ship had departed to protect for more than a thousand Italian soldiers along the east Mediterranean Sea.

The Andrea Doria destroyer would be sent with 1 helicopter and 195 military personnel as well as the Maestrale frigate, according to the information Italian press received from the Ministry of Defense on Wednesday,

However, Binelli-Mantelli stressed only “one ship” would be sent.

1,100 Italian soldiers work within UNIFIL.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117019

France dispatches frigate to join US and British naval forces poised for Syria strike

The French Navy has dispatched the Chevalier Paul (D621) to join multinational naval forces assembling for a possible strike on Syria. The Horizon-class air-defence frigate lacks its own strike capability, but will support the 4 US Navy cruise missile equipped destroyers and Royal Navy attack submarine/s currently on-station in the Eastern Mediterranean.

La frégate : Le Chevalier Paul quitte Toulon pour rejoindre la flotte internationale au large de la Syrie

La France décide d’envoyer au large de la Syrie une frégate, en l’occurence le Chevalier Paul. Elle doit rejoindre rejoindre la flotte internationale qui se trouve actuellement au large des côtes syriennes.

© Photo : Boris Horvat/AFP

Plusieurs bâtiments sont déjà sur place, prêts à intervenir, dès que l’ordre leur en sera donné : 4 frégates lance-missiles de l’US Navy et des sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque américains et britanniques.

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