Comando Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori. A team trained for impossible missions.
Established by Admiral Gino Birindelli on 15 February 1960, it was named in memory of Teseo Tesei, the Major of the Corps of Naval Engineering who was the inventor of the famous human torpedoes, known as ‘maiali’ (‘pigs’). This Command is the custodian of the memory of the Italian Naval Assault Divisions which created a worldwide sensation during the Second World War through their heroic endeavours. In recognition of the bravery demonstrated by these frogmen, they were awarded 33 Gold Medals, 104 Silver Medals and 33 Bronze Medals for Military Valour.*
AN ITALIAN NAVY UNIT ENVIED BY THE WORLD
The submarine Sciré releasing a COMSUBIN team of Italian Navy Special Forces in the Gulf of Taranto. The submarine and these men form a legendary team which today has reached a high level of excellence in the field of Special Operations and undercover manoeuvres at sea.
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE TOGETHER
In the Sardinian Sea at La Maddalena, different eras confront each other. In the foreground is a student wearing the normal gear of an Italian Navy Diver. This is an equipment which has 170 years of history behind it, having been made for the first school for Italian Navy Divers on 24 July 1849. The old equipment is still used today in the early training stage of the diving course, and an Italian Navy Diver can only describe himself as such after he has worn it working underwater, because it is the most complicated diving suit to use. Directly behind the student is a modern device used for submersion, which is known as surface supplied equipment. This device is used by the G.O.S. during their underwater missions.
SATURATION DIVING, A SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE ONLY USED BY THE ITALIAN NAVY IN EUROPE.
MONITORING THE CONDITIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
An Italian Navy diver inspecting an offshore oil rig in the Adriatic Sea. The aim is to take oil samples to check the conditions of the water which is recycled back into the environment at the end of the production cycle; this done on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development. The specific geometry of the poles complies with the engineering requirement for support and contrast regarding undersea currents. The isolation of the diver and the strangeness of the place he finds himself in symbolise the unyielding silence, the absence of noise and the poor visibility which are typical of the missions carried out by the men of the COMSUBIN.
Training for deploying Italian Navy Special Forces, men descend from an EH-101 naval helicopter using the fast-rope technique. The men are being dropped onto a hydrocarbon extraction platform in the Adriatic Sea. This is one of the many capabilities of the G.O.I., forming part of their maritime anti-terrorism operations.
COMPLETE COLLABORATION AND SOMETHING MORE
In the background, below the emblem of the COMSUBIN, the students are lined up, watching the scene. In the foreground is the Commanding Admiral of the COMSUBIN with his staff, and on each side of him, the men of the Italian Navy Special Forces in green, the personnel of the Naval Unit and the support staff in winter uniform, the Italian Navy Divers of the G.O.S. in blue and the Civil Servants of the Defence.
Submersible carbotech marina militare
*Pictures and Photos are sourced from UOMINI OLTRE COMSUBIN UNA SQUADRA ADDESTRATA PER MISSIONI IMPOSSIBILI. Massimo Sestini, Rodrigo Editore.