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Italian Training Ship Caroly in the Port of Koper (1 August 2018)



Italian Training Ship Caroly in the Port of Koper (1 August 2018)

On 1 August, the Italian Navy training ship Caroly will call at Koper (Slovenia), third stopover of the 2018 training campaign for the Class Ateires midshipmen of the Livorno Naval Academy.

The ship – which this year celebrates the 70th anniversary of her launching – is one of the symbols of the Italian Navy, combining Italian excellences and seafaring traditions, while embodying its deep-rooted values and spreading seafaring culture, just like all the other sailing ships of our naval service. In fact, technologies used in navigation techniques evolve over time, yet the officers of the Italian Navy bear everlasting allegiance to core values of ethics, loyalty, discipline and honour.

The training campaign is indeed aimed at promoting team-building and improving cadets’ capacity of handling situations, both in technical terms (as regards navigation) and in all the Naval Diplomacy activities conducted during port visits, involving host countries and Italian communities abroad.

The 7 young officers embarked (including 3 women) will take turns at the steering wheel, learn sail handling and use the sextant to work out the ship’s position, training in activities aimed at consolidating the theoretical knowledge and competencies in nautical sciences and seamanship acquired in the third year at the Academy.

After leaving Koper, the Italian Navy sailing ship will continue to sail in the waters of the Adriatic Sea, heading for the Aegean Sea. Her itinerary will include a number of port calls in Albania, Greece and Turkey. The tour will end on 23 September in Portoferraio.


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The Italian Navy Training Ship Caroly (A 5302) is a yawl sailing ship launched in 1948 at the “Baglietto” shipyard in Varazze. Her homeport is in La Maddalena.

Since 1st March 2014, ITS Caroly has been included in the Command of the minor Sailing Ships Group (COMGRUPVELA), under the Command of the Auxiliary Units Flotilla (COMFLOTAUS) and the ultimate authority of the Command in Chief of the Naval Fleet (CINCNAV).

Highlights n the ship's past activities:

1948-1949, Transatlantic crossing from Genoa to Buenos Aires;

1955-1956, Transatlantic crossing from Buenos Aires to Genoa, with stopover in New York;

1982, the ship is donated to the Italian Navy by the shipowner Riccardo Preve's children;

1983-2017, training for the cadets of the Livorno Naval Academy, Navy Petty officers Schools based in La Maddalena and Taranto, the Francesco Morosini Naval Military School, training campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea, tall ships rallies in the Italian seas, sailing regattas in the Mediterranean Sea, dual use activities in cooperation with the environmental association Marevivo.



Displacement: 56 t

Length: 23.66 m

Breadth: 4.80 m

Sails: 210 mq

Propulsion system: 1 AIFO Motor 8061M

Electric power system: Onan Marine 120 MDKAD

Engine power: 82,03 KW (110 HP)

Speed: 8 kt at 2900 RPM – 9 kt under full sail

Range: 550 NM at 2900 RPM - unlimited (sailing)

Armament: 1 M.A.B.

Crew: 5 (1 officer, 1 petty officer, 3 enlisted personnel) + 9 cadets