Italian Navy Minesweeper Inspects Destroyer Wreck

April 13, 2016

Italian Navy’s minesweeper Gaeta has conducted an underwater research on the wreck of the Oriani-class Destroyer Vincenzo Gioberti.

The ship sank in August 1943, during the WWII, west of Punta Mesco (La Spezia).

It was sunk by a British submarine, the HMS Simoom, which blasted the ship with two torpedoes, breaking it into two pieces.

The research by the minesweeper Gaeta has been conducted in partnership with Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT), as well as Ministry of Economic Development (Italy) and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

According to the Italian Navy, the ship used a wire-guided underwater vehicle from Gay Marine to aid the research.

The aim of the research was to get to know more about the national underwater cultural heritage.









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