|Founded||1861 as Regia Marina (official) |
1946 as Marina Militare
184 vessels (incl. minor auxiliaries)
|Motto(s)||Italian: Patria e Onore|
"Fatherland and Honour"
|March||La Ritirata (ritirata is the return of soldiers to their barrack, or sailors to their ship after a leave) by Tommaso Mario|
|Anniversaries||10 June - Sinking of the Austro-Hungarian battleship SMS Szent István by Luigi Rizzo|
|Decorations||1 Cavalier Cross of the Military Order of Savoy|
3 Cavalier's Crosses of the Military Order of Italy
2 Gold Medals of Military Valor
1 Silver Medal of Military Valor
1 Gold Medal for Merited Public Honor
|capo di stato maggiore della marina|
(Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy)
|ammiraglio di squadra|
Giuseppe Cavo Dragone
|sottocapo di stato maggiore della marina|
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
|ammiraglio di squadra|
The Italian Navy (Italian: Marina Militare, lit. 'Military Navy'; abbreviated as MM) is the Navy of the Italian Republic. It is one of the four branches of Italian Armed Forces and was formed in 1946 from what remained of the Regia Marina (Royal Navy) after World War II. As of August 2014 , the Italian Navy had a strength of 30,923 active personnel, with approximately 184 vessels in service, including minor auxiliary vessels. It is considered a multiregional and a blue-water navy.
The Regia Marina was formed on 17 March 1861, after the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy. The Italian Navy assumed its present name after the Italian monarchy was abolished following a popular referendum held on 2 June 1946.
At the end of its five years involvement in World War II, Italy was a devastated nation. After the end of hostilities, the Regia Marina - which at the beginning of the war was the fourth largest navy in the world, with a mix of modernised and new battleships - started a long and complex rebuilding process. The important combat contributions of the Italian naval forces after the signing of the armistice with the Allies on 8 September 1943, and the subsequent cooperation agreement on 23 September 1943, left the Regia Marina in a poor condition, with much of its infrastructure and bases unusable and its ports mined and blocked by sunken ships. However, a large number of its naval units had survived the war, albeit in a low efficiency state, which was due to the conflict and the age of many vessels. The vessels that remained were:
The peace treaty signed on 10 February 1947 in Paris was onerous for Regia Marina. Apart from territorial and material losses, also the following restrictions were imposed:
The treaty also ordered Italy to put the following ships at the disposals of the victorious nations United States, Soviet Union, Great Britain, France, Greece, Yugoslavia and Albania as war compensation:
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Great changes in the international political situation, which were developing into the Cold War, convinced the United Kingdom and United States to discontinue the transfer of Italy's capital ships as war reparations. Some had already been dismantled in La Spezia between 1948 and 1955, including the aircraft carrier Aquila. However, the Soviet Union demanded the surrender of the battleship Giulio Cesare and other naval units designated for transfer. The cruisers Attilio Regolo and Scipione Africano became the French Chateaurenault and Guichen, while Eugenio di Savoia became the Greek Elli. After break up and/or transfers, only a small part of the fleet remained to be recommissioned into the Marina. As Western attention turned to the Soviets and the Mediterranean Sea, Italian seas became one of the main sites of confrontation between the two superpowers, contributing to the re-emergence of Italy's naval importance thanks to her strategic geographical position.
With the new elections in 1946, the Kingdom of Italy became a republic, and the Regia Marina took the name of Marina Militare (lit. 'Military Navy'). As the Marshall Plan began to rebuild Italy and Europe was rapidly being divided into two geopolitically antagonistic blocs, Italy began talks with the United States to guarantee adequate security considerations. The US government in Washington wished to keep its own installations on the Italian Peninsula and relaxed the Treaty restrictions by including Italy in the Mutual Defense Assistance Programme (MDAP). On 4 April 1949, Italy joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and, in order for the navy to contribute actively in the organization, the Treaty restrictions were definitively repealed by the end of 1951, with the consent of all of Western nations.
Within NATO, the Italian Navy was assigned combat control of the Adriatic Sea and Strait of Otranto, as well as the defence of the naval routes through the Tyrrhenian Sea. To ensure these tasks a Studio sul potenziamento della Marina italiana in relazione al Patto Atlantico (Study on the development of the Italian Navy with reference to the Atlantic Pact) was undertaken, which researched the structures and the methods for the development of the navy.
The coat of arms is surmounted by a golden crown, which distinguishes military vessels from those of the merchant navy.
The crown, corona rostrata, was proposed in 1939 as a conjectural link to the Roman navy by Admiral Domenico Cavagnari, then a member of the Chamber of Fasces and Corporations in the Fascist government. In the proposal, Adm. Cavagnari wrote that "in order to recall the common origin [of the Navy] from the Roman mariners, the Insignia will be surmounted by the towered Crown with rostra, the emblem of honour and valour the Roman Senate awarded to the leaders of naval victories, conquerors of lands and cities across the seas".
A further difference is that St. Mark's lion, symbolising the Republic of Venice, does not hold the gospel in its paw (as it does on the civil ensign, where the book is open at the words "Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus", meaning "peace to you, Mark, my evangelist") and is wielding a sword instead: such an image is consistent with the pictorial tradition from Venetian history, in which the book is shown open during peacetime and closed during wartime.
In 2012 the Navy began a restructuring process that will see a 21% decrease in personnel by 2025. A new structure was implemented in January 2014.
|Chief of Staff of the Navy||Capo di Stato Maggiore della Marina||Admiral||Giuseppe Cavo Dragone|
|Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy||Sottocapo di Stato Maggiore della Marina||Vice Admiral||Aurelio De Carolis|
|Commander in Chief Naval Fleet||Comandante in Capo della Squadra Navale (CINCNAV)||Vice Admiral||Paolo Treu|
|Commander Schools Command||Comandante Scuole (MARICOMSCUOLE)||Vice Admiral||Salvatore Ruzittu|
|Commander Logistics Command||Comandante Logistico (MARICOMLOG)||Vice Admiral||Raffaele Caruso|
||Comandante del Comando Marittimo Nord (MARINANORD)||Rear Admiral||Giorgio Lazio|
||Comandante del Comando Marittimo Sud (MARINASUD)||Rear Admiral||Eduardo Serra|
||Comandante del Comando Marittimo Sicilia (MARISICILIA)||Rear Admiral||Nicola De Felice|
||Comandante del Comando Marittimo Capitale (MARICAPITALE)||Rear Admiral|
|Raiders and Divers Grouping||Comandante Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori (COMSUBIN)||Rear Admiral||Paolo Pezzuti|
The Corps of the Port Captaincies - Coast Guard (Corpo delle Capitanerie di porto - Guardia costiera) is the coast guard of Italy and is part of the Italian Navy under the control of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports. In Italy, it is commonly known as simply the Guardia costiera. The Coast Guard has approximately 11 000 staff. 
The Italian Navy is divided into seven corps (by precedence) and one:
Today's Italian Navy is a modern navy with ships of every type. The fleet is in continuous evolution, and as of today oceangoing fleet units include: 2 light aircraft carriers, 3 amphibious assault ships, 4 destroyers, 13 frigates and 8 attack submarines. Patrol and littoral warfare units include: 10 offshore patrol vessels. 10 mine countermeasure vessels, four coastal patrol boats, and a varied fleet of auxiliary ships are also in service.
The flagship of the fleet is the carrier Cavour.
The Italian Navy operates a diverse fleet of aircraft including fixed-wing, rotary and UAVs.
The 2014 Naval Act allocated Euro 5.4 billion for the following vessels:
The 2017 budget allocated 12.8 billion (2017-2032 years) for the following ships:
The 2018 budget allocated about 1 Billion Euros for:
|Italian Navy ranks hierarchy|
|Category||Admirals||Senior officers||Junior officers||Naval|
|NATO Code||OF-10||OF-9||OF-8||OF-7||OF-6||OF-5||OF-4||OF-3||OF-2||Subaltern officers|
|Italian rank name
||ammiraglio di squadra1||ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali
comandante di corpo
|English rank name translation||Admiral||Admiral (s.a.)||Vice Admiral||Admiral Inspector
Chief of Corps
|Rear Admiral Upper Half||Rear Admiral Lower Half||Captain||Commander||Lieutenant Commander||First Lieutenant||Lieutenant||Lieutenant Junior Grade||Ensign||Acting|
2The rank of ammiraglio di squadra con incarichi speciali (squadron admiral with special assignments) is assigned to the naval officer promoted as chief of the naval staff and/or as secretary of defense.