G8: "San Marco" riflemen arrive in La Maddalena

Olbia-Tempio, Italy - The Italian navy "San Giorgio" ship moored in front of Santo Stefano island
(WAPA) - The Italian navy "San Giorgio" ship arrived near La Maddalena, with 150 riflemen of the "San Marco" battalion. The G8 will be held on the island in July 2009 and the carried troops will be assigned to the red-zone security keeping during the summit.

The "San Giorgio" ship is 133,3 meters long for a 7,960 tons displacement. It has a 133 meter long flight deck, 20,5 meter wide, that can operate a maximum of four helicopters: two light ones (AB-212 or NH-90) and two medium ones (SH-3D o EH-101). (Avionews)