Italy's news in English
US submarine that fired on Syria not welcome in Naples, says mayor
The harbour of Naples. Photo: Eliano Imperato/AFP
The Local Italy
news@thelocal.it
@thelocalitaly
17 April 2018
11:05 CEST

The mayor of Naples has complained to port authorities after the USS John Warner, a nuclear submarine used in international strikes on Syria, was allowed to pass through the southern Italian city's waters last month.
The Warner – known to its crew as the “Sledgehammer of Freedom” – stopped in Naples' harbour on March 20th, three and a half weeks before it fired cruise missiles on Syrian military facilities. 
Yet as Mayor Luigi de Magistris pointed out on Monday, the port of Naples is officially a “denuclearized zone”, declared off-limits in 2015 to nuclear-powered vessels or those carrying nuclear weapons.
In a note addressed to Rear Admiral Arturo Faraone, who commands the port authority, de Magistris urged him to remember in future that such vessels are not welcome in the waters of Naples, which has declared itself a “city of peace”.
“Our administration is not against anyone but it is in favour of policies of peace, disarmament and international cooperation,” the mayor told Ansa

The USS John Warner being commissioned in 2015. Photo: Casey Hopkins/US Navy
Faraone responded that he “shared the concerns” of keeping the port of Naples nuclear-free, but did not have the authority to deny or allow foreign military vessels entry to Italian waters, which falls under the Ministry of Defence's jurisdiction. 
The Warner remained three nautical miles (around six kilometres) outside the entrance to the port, he said.
Italy has said that it will not participate in the offensive in Syria, led by the United States with support from France and the UK. 
It will, however, provide logistic support where necessary to its military allies. Italy hosts an estimated 13,000 American soldiers across six bases, including the Navy complex in Naples that houses US Naval Forces Europe and the Sixth Fleet.
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is due to brief parliament on the situation in Syria on Tuesday afternoon. 
READ ALSO: Inside the 'humanitarian corridor' offering Syrian refugees a new life in Italy

Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP
Share this article
Related articles
Italy failed to save over 200 drowning migrants, UN says
Italian hostage freed in Syria
Italian PM says hostage in Syria has been freed
Italian suspected of joining Isis captured in Syria
Video released of Italian and Japanese captives in Syria
Italian defence minister criticizes French plans for Libya
What is Italy’s position on Syria?
Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria
More news
Italy failed to save over 200 drowning migrants, UN says
Italian hostage freed in Syria
Italian PM says hostage in Syria has been freed
Italian suspected of joining Isis captured in Syria
Video released of Italian and Japanese captives in Syria
Italian defence minister criticizes French plans for Libya
What is Italy’s position on Syria?
Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria
Related articles
First Italian case of rare new Covid variant detected in Naples
Italy failed to save over 200 drowning migrants, UN says
Coronavirus hospital in Naples evacuated after huge sinkhole opens up
‘Bad omen’: Dismay in Italy as blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy
‘I represent the nobodies’: How Maradona became the hero of Naples
Noticeboard
13/09
Shipping Automobiles
08/09
Mini self sufficient Farm in Panarea
08/09
Driving in Italy as a resident
07/09
Swimming Pool Maintanance Company Chianni / Pontedera
05/09
Your Italian Breakthrough – free new course
View all notices
Post a new notice
The Local Europe AB
Vasagatan 10
111 20 Stockholm
Sweden