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Historical Italian Navy Sailing Ship “Palinuro” coming to Cyprus



Historical Italian Navy Sailing Ship “Palinuro” coming to Cyprus

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Historical Italian Navy Sailing Ship “Palinuro” coming to Cyprus

The Italian Navy has chosen Larnaca as one of the ports of call for the stunning sailing training ship “Palinuro” in the context of the 53rd Chief Petty Officer training campaign for the cadets of the Italian Navy’s Academy of Taranto.

From the 28th of August to the 1st of September, Cypriots will have the chance to visit one of the most famous Italian Navy ships, built in 1934 and used since 1955 as a training vessel for hundreds of Italian cadets that have started their careers from her decks, learning the basics of seamanship and developing a strong team spirit and personal ethos to uphold the traditions of the Italian Navy.

The training campaign is an essential activity in the cadets’ education, complementing the academic side of their studies. Over the journey,cadets are exposed for the first time to the full experience of the maritime world in order to master their profession in the Navy and to be acquainted to the marine environment.

Impeccably maintained in line with its original grandeur, “Palinuro” is part of an elite club of vintage ships. During its many decades in operation, she has sailed more than 300.000 nautical miles through most major ports of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The latest chapter in her rich history is the meeting she recently hosted between the Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni, French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel.
The technical characteristics of the ship are just as impressive: three masts over 35 meters tall; 1000 sq meters of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail, staysails, jibs), spanning three decks.

The Palinuro’s presence on the island is also a testimony to the growing relations between Italy and Cyprus in the defense sector, following the visit to Nicosia of the Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti on July 31st. The ship’s visit will offer the opportunity of talks on possible cooperation between the Italian and the Cypriot Navies.

All the Cypriots are cordially invited to visit the ship at the Larnaca Port, during the following hours (a valid ID is necessary in order to visit the ship):

- 28 August: between 16 to 19
- 29 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 17.30
- 30 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 19
- 31 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 19

The Palinuro – which has called on the ports of Valletta and Piraeus at the beginning of August - will leave Cyprus on the 1st of September, setting sail for Rhodes before returning to Italy in Portoferraio, on Elba Island.

Nicosia, 18.08.2017