27 September 2018 11.00

This year too, the Italian Navy has taken part in the Genoa International Boat Show, an event inaugurated on 20 September, with the entry into port of the frigate Virginio Fasan, and ended on 25 September.

The Italian Navy stand had great success, and special interest has been aroused by athletes, operators from the Divers and Raiders Operational Group, Hydrographic Institute personnel and the bridge simulator of frigate Bergamini.

The Italian Navy has attracted a large turnout of visitors of all ages (fascinated by the great Italian nautical tradition, with its many specialties and skills), who have been invited on a sort of "virtual" voyage to discover seafaring life.

On 24 September, this very special location hosted the presentation of the Italian Navy 2019 Calendar, entitled "Italian Navy Divers and Raiders", featuring a selection of pictures by photographer Massimo Sestini, whose copy number 1 has been given as a gift to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, on occasion of his visit to the International Boat Show.
For the first time, the Calendar focuses on one of the elite components of the Italian Navy, the Divers and Raiders Operational Group Command (COMSUBIN), which boasts many acts of bravery and heroism through its history.
The official presentation has been held at the Teatro del Mare (Sea Theatre), with the introduction by the Chief of the Italian Navy, Admiral Valter Girardelli, who paid homage to the city of Genoa, linked to the Italian Navy through shared maritime traditions, capabilities and values.
The 2019 Calendar is focused on one of the components of the Italian Navy. "It is meant as a first step – said the Admiral – in a project that in the future will involve all the other Navy specialties, all characterised by high skills, professionalism and attributes which are crucial to ensure security".
Exclusive and pulsating images reflect the pride of COMSUBIN Raiders and Divers, as well as their strong sense of belonging. "This project, with its images – continues Admiral Girardelli - is mainly focused on the Navy's key asset, personnel: determined, motivated, and passionate men and women who are dedicatedly committed to operational deployments and training activities in support of community requirements". 
The recurring detail on the cover and in the inner pages – the headdress badge – is a symbolic reference to the Italian Navy's core values, as well as to tradition and will to renovate them with a view to build the future.

A new social commitment for the Italian Navy, which, through its Calendar, promotes fundraising for the Operation Smile Foundation, in the framework of an important project, "A Sea of Smiles", aimed at helping children and adults affected by facial deformities, both in Italy and all over the world.