Italian Navy decommissions two more Minerva-class corvettes
The Italian Navy retired two Minerva-class corvettes, ITS Fenice (F 557) and ITS Sfinge (F 554), during a May 29th ceremony at the Augusta Naval Base. The formal flag-lowering ceremony, attended by Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral V. Girardelli and the Commander in Chief Admiral D. Marzano, marked the end of almost 30 years of service for the corvettes.
With the decommissioning of Fenice and Sfinge, the Italian Navy’s Minerva-class of eight boats is now left with only two active vessels, ITS Driade and ITS Chimera. ITS Fenice and ITS Sfinge will be recycled unlike their four predecessors which were sold to Bangladesh and now serve as Leader-class offshore patrol vessels with the Bangladesh Coast Guard. (Source: navaltoday.com, 30-May-2017)