Italian Coast Guard

Corps of the Port Captaincies
Coast Guard
Racing stripe of the Italian Coast Guard
Active 1865 – Present
Country Italy
Branch Italian Navy
Type coast guard
Size 11,000
Headquarters Roma, viale dell'Arte, 16
Patron Saint Barbara
Motto(s) Latin: Omnia vincit animus
Anniversaries July 20 – foundation day
ammiraglio ispettore capo
Vincenzo Melone[1]
Naval Ensign
Naval Jack -
Italian Navy
coat of arms
Italian SAR area and MRSC areas

The Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard (Italian language: Corpo delle Capitanerie di porto – Guardia costiera) is the coast guard of Italy and is part of the Italian Navy under the control of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. In Italy, it is commonly known as simply the Guardia costiera. Its head office is in Rome.[2]


The missions of the Italian Coast Guard include:


The Italian Coast Guard is the operational SAR branch of the Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto or Corps of the Port Captaincies, which was organized first by royal decree in 1865. It was reorganized as part of the Regia Marina in 1915 (since 1946 as Marina Militare) and on June 8, 1989, redesignated as Guardia costiera.

Structure and organization


The Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard is structured as follows:

Moreover, the following services are also part of the Corps:

Dattilo-class patrol boat


The Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard is a Corps of the Italian Navy that has tasks and functions connected mostly to the civil use of the sea and with functional dependence of various ministries that avail themselves on their work: first of all the Ministero dei trasporti (Ministry for Transports) which has "inherited" in 1994, from the Ministry of the Merchant Navy, the major part of the functions connected to the use of the sea and the connected activities with the commercial and pleasure navigation an on whose budget weighs the costs for the running of the corps.

The principal tasks of the Corps activities are the following:

Other functions are carried out for the Ministries of defence (enrollment of the military personnel), for Cultural Activities and Treasures (underwater archaeology), of internal affairs (anti-illegal immigration), of Justice and the department of civil protection, all having as a common denominator the sea and navigation. The broadness and the variety of activities carried out present the Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard as an organism of reference for the maritime activities and make of them a true "sole counter" for the relations with the seafarers. The Corps is represented in a highly specialized structure, as well under the administrative profile as under the technical-operational one, for the completing of the Public functions that are carried out in the maritime spaces of national interest. These spaces include 155 000 km² of maritime waters, internal and territorial, which are in every respect part of the national territory, and other 350 000 km² of waters on which Italy has exclusive rights (exploitation of the depths resources) or duties (rescue in sea and safeguard of the marine environment): a number of marine areas whose extension is almost the double of the entire national territory, which as it is known amounts to 301 000 km². Following the tendency that is affirming itself in Europe, the maritime authority – coast guard must exercise an effective control in sea for the safeguard of human life, for the safety of navigation, for the correct going on of the economic activities (fishing and exploitation of the continental platform) and for the protection of the marine environment.

The Italian Marine Casualty Investigation Central Board (MCICB Commissione centrale di indagine sui sinistri marittimi, CCISM),[3][4] a division of the Corps, investigates maritime accidents and incidents.[5] It is not an independent maritime accident investigation unit.[3]


Like related coast guards around the world, the Guardia Costiera uses "The Stripe" on its vessels. This marking is in the national colors, with a narrow green band, a narrow white spacing, and a broad red band. Inside the red band is a white circle with a black anchor.

Rank insignia

Flag Officers
Ammiraglio ispettore (CP)
Commandant of the Italian Coast Guard

Ammiraglio ispettore

Contrammiraglio (CP)
Senior Officers

Capitano di vascello (CP)

Capitano di fregata (CP)

Capitano di corvetta (CP)
Junior Officers

Primo tenente di vascello (CP)

Tenente di vascello (CP)

Sottotenente di vascello (CP)

Guardiamarina (CP)

Aspirante guardiamarina (CP)
Warrant Officers

Primo maresciallo luogotenente Np.

Primo maresciallo Np.

Capo di prima classe Np.

Capo di seconda classe Np.

Capo di terza classe Np.
Chief Petty Officers

Secondo capo scelto Np.

Secondo capo Np.

Sergente Np.
Petty Officers

Sottocapo di prima classe scelto Np.

Sottocapo di prima classe Np.

Sottocapo di seconda classe Np.

Sottocapo di terza classe Np.

Sottocapo Np.

Comune di prima classe Np.
no rank insignia
Comune di seconda classe Np.

See also


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  2. "" Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard. Retrieved on 16 February 2012. "Viale dell'Arte, 16 00144 Roma"
  3. 1 2 "Italy’s Costa Concordia investigation report still not released." (Alternate location, Archive) Lloyd's List. Friday 11 January 2013. Retrieved on 4 May 2013. "THE Italian Marine Casualty Investigation Central Board, the body charged with the technical investigation into the Costa Concordia casualty, has been roundly criticised for failing to produce a final report within 12 months of the incident. This highlights the difficulty that the..." and "In early 2012 the commission set out the regulatory framework for each European Union member state to create its own independent maritime accident investigation unit. However, Italy did not have such a unit, which left the responsibility in the case of Costa Concordia with the flag state."
  4. "Circolare N. 23 Prot. 00058884/Sic.Nav./Sinistri del 08/08/2001." (Archive) Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports. Retrieved on 4 May 2013. "Comando Generale delle Capitanerie di Porto Commissione centrale di indagine sui sinistri marittimi Viale dell'Arte, 16 – 00144 ROMA"
  5. "Organizzazione." Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard. Retrieved on January 22, 2012. "Polizia marittima (cioè polizia tecnico-amministrativa marittima), comprendente la disciplina della navigazione marittima e la regolamentazione di eventi che si svolgono negli spazi marittimi soggetti alla sovranità nazionale, il controllo del traffico marittimo, la manovra delle navi e la sicurezza nei porti, le inchieste sui sinistri marittimi, il controllo del demanio marittimo, i collaudi e le ispezioni periodiche di depositi costieri e di altri impianti pericolosi."
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