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Reggimento Marina "San Marco"

The Reggimento San Marco is the operational deployment element of the Landing Force of the Italian Navy, to which the Reggimento Carlotto, responsible for training and logistics, and the Gruppo Mezzi da Sbarco, dealing with the landing craft and vehi-cles also belong, amounting overall to approximately 2,200 men. In the present international scenario, the Landing Force has proved to be a valid and easily "deployable" instrument for the performance of overseas operations. Availing of the three amphibious transport docks San Giorgio, San Marco and San Giusto and the helicopters of the "Eliassalto" nucleus, it is capable of tackling long sojourns in areas of crisis and conflict for "peace-keeping"and "peace-enforcing" operations, even alongside contingents from other countries, as occurred in Somalia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. The San Marco has come to the aid ofthe Italian civilian population, as it is ready to do again, on occasions of natural calamities and disasters such as the earthquakes in Friuli and in Irpinia, Campania.

The recent reorganisation of the national amphibious forces, which are now configured as "CapacitÓ Nazionale di Proiezionedal Mare", schedules the setting-up of an inter-force task force with detachments from the Landing Force of the Navy and from the Reggimento Lagunari Serenissima, as well as other units with specific tasks, designed to tackle the missions assigned in areas of crisis all over the world.

As a result of the reorganization process that has affected the Force from 01 October 1999 was established the "force LANDING CRAFT of the NAVY" [FORZA DA SBARCO DELLA MARINA MILITARE], structured in similitude of a "Brigade" includes:


The landing Force Command is headed by a Rear Admiral. The San Marco Regiment, commanded by a captain, is the operative element of the Expeditionary Force from Landing, while the regiment Carlotto (also headed by a captain) provides technical and logistic support and training. The landing craft, under the command of a frigate captain, has the task of providing minor naval transport to enable transporting men and equipment from landing craft to the beach. The landing Force also has a training area that is located on the islet of Pedagne (a few square kilometers, connected to the mainland only by a road, on the far outskirts of Brindisi).

The landing Force has an organic strength of about 2,100 men (of which 6% are officers, NCO's 30% and 64% Ranks).

The Regiment, "SAN MARCO" is composed as follows:

  • Battalion Assault "Grade";
  • Logistic battalion (combat) "GOLAMETTO";
  • Company Naval Operations;
  • Special Operations Company.
The regiment "CARLOTTO" consists of:
  • Logistic battalion "CORTELLAZZO";
  • Battaglio0ne schools "CAORLE".

The high personnel training gives the Force from Landing a high degree of operational readiness and flexibility of use. The complete set of media tracked and rotated also gives the Department a high mobility. Also integration with core Combat helicopters to conduct Amphibious assaults/helicopter rescue services helping to elevate raids mobility tactics. A key feature of the landing Force consists in the ability to operate in full operational autonomy and logistics.

The regiment "CARLOTTO" through its elements of organization can ensure the Regiment, "SAN MARCO" the indispensable logistic support of food, fuel and ammunition, in addition to the technical maintenance of heavy weapons and vehicles. The landing Force, therefore, can operate tactically in an isolated environment, as it happens on a beach during an amphibious operation in total autonomy, with the only competition of LL.PP.DD

The San Marco Regiment and Regiment "Carlotto" are based in barracks Carlotto. Since November 1991, the "San Marco" has its headquarters in the new barracks called the Medaglia d'Oro al Valor Militare: sub-lieutenant Ermanno Carlotto, valiant naval officer of the San Marco died in China during the revolt of Boxers. The modern building is located in contrada Brancasi, about five kilometres from Brindisi, where you will find also the parkings for the media and workshops. In the new barracks are all logistical infrastructure (gymnasiums, cafeterias, stores, etc.) and the lodgings where all marine Riflemen and SDI (service Defence Installations) that here is trained for about a month before being permanently assigned to departments and bodies where Navy pay service. Housing, satisfying standards BORN of livability, consist of rooms with six beds and bathroom.

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