Mantas, Orcas and Nemos

From search and rescue to countering illegal immigration, the Italian Coast Guard undertakes varied work, as Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera find out


The movement of migrants into Europe from Africa has brought the Guardia Costiera (Italian Coast Guard) to take on a key role for the Mediterranean and the whole of Europe. The Guardia Costiera Flight Departments have seen their flying hours and number of aircraft increase as they undertake daily missions patrolling the Strait of Sicily to monitor illegal immigration flows and undertake search and rescue (SAR) missions.

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