The Italian Navy is a key player in international and national operations aimed at ensuring a global maritime security and providing emergency response. At international level, the ITN supports Dialogue and Cooperation conducting multinational joint operations under the aegis of UN, NATO, EU and on the basis of bilateral agreements. In this context, a crucial tool is represented by the Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Centre (V- RMTC) - an international info-sharing hub successfully implemented to monitor merchant traffic.

At home, ITN is engaged in large scale missions ranging from the safeguard of the underwater archaeological heritage, protection of marine environment to humanitarian assistance in case of disaster relief operations and evacuation of fellow citizens from areas at risk. The interagency operations are conducted on the basis of agreements with the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Environment,the Department of Civil Protection and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.