Changing of the (Coast) Guard in Rome
Admiral Pettorino to replace Admiral Melone as new Commander in-chief of the Italian Corps of the Coast Guards
Following the decision of the Italian Council of Ministers, on the Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti's and Minister of Infrastructures and Transport Graziano Delrio's proposal, from February the 1st Admiral Giovanni Pettorino will be the new Commander in-chief of the Italian Corps of the Coast Guards, and he will be awarded the title of chief inspector admiral.
Born in Ischia 61 years ago in a family of lawyers, Pettorino hit international headlines as coordinator of the intervention forces who saved 477 people on the ferry Norman Atlantic that caught fire at the end of December 2016 in the Strait of Otranto, and as supervisor during the transfer of the Costa Concordia wreck from the Giglio Island to Genoa.
Pettorino had already worked as a coordinator in the Mare Nostrum operation and in its related rescue of migrants at sea, with 113,000 rescues carried out during his office. In the past two years, he worked as head of the Port of Genoa – for which he was also Commissioner of the dying Port Authority – before moving to Rome to replace Admiral Vincenzo Melone.