Last week, NATO operations in the central Mediterranean left us the picture of two of their most advanced submarines, the Type 212, one Italian and one German, which invaded the arsenal of the Italian Marine Militare (MM) in Taranto. The two units of the alliance, the Italian submarine “Salvatore Todaro”, which gives its name to its class, an Italian version of the Type 212, and one of the ones built in Germany, entered the access channel to the Mar Piccolo., Where the thousand year old Italian maritime facility Taranto is located.
The “Salvatore Todaro” had previously participated in the Dynamic Manta 21 exercise, which took place between February 22nd and March 5th in the central Mediterranean scenario.
The two submarines are practically the same on the outside, the main difference being the five-pointed star carried by the first, located on the front of the sail, which represents the symbol of the Republic of Italy.
The background of the picture shows the Aragonese castle that protects the entrance to the Taranto. The first fortress at this strategic point was completed in 916 by the Byzantines who ruled southern Europe at the time. In 1481 the first navigable canal was built, which is narrower than the current one and has irregular banks that connect the two bodies of water. The current fortress was commissioned by King of Aragon Fernando, the Catholic, in 1486 when the area was part of this Spanish kingdom. The fortress was designed and built on behalf of the architect and military engineer Francesco di Giorgio Martini, who updated the Byzantine defenses and equipped them with the currently large low towers, very wide and sturdy to cushion the effects of the primary artillery systems firing large metal bullets, it was completed in 1492. (Julio Maíz Sanz).
Photography: The two submarines of German design have reached 212 Taranto, the Italian can be seen on the plane.
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