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Current Title: Guardia Costiera
Title in English: Italian Coast Guard
Abbreviation: GC


Narrative Summary:
The Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto (Harbourmasters Corps) was first established in 1865 to regulate maritime traffic. In 1915 it was incorporated into the Italian Navy. In 1948 the Corpo placed under the authority of the Merchant Navy Ministry. In 1989 the operational services of Corpo were grouped together as the Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) for the first time, with the Coast Guard becoming a branch of the Corpo. The full formal name of the service is thus Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto - Guardia Costiera. In the meantime, an air component was formed in 1985 with fixed-wing aircraft to fly sea patrols. Helicopters were added in 1993.

Key Dates:
1865    Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto established.
1948    Corpo placed under the authority of the Merchant Navy Ministry.
1985    First aircraft received - Piaggio P.166.
8 June 1989    Coast Guard branch created.

Current Status:
To be added.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
          Main markingFin Flash
The main marking is an backward-sloping red-white-green fuselage band - the national colours of Italy. A black anchor is diplayed in a white disc on the red band. There is no fin flash. Aircraft carry the service titles GUARDIA COSTIERA on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters carry Italian military MM serial numbers, eg: AB.412CP MM81473. In addition, a two-digit code is carried (as on Navy aircraft), prefixed by the number 8- for P.166DL3, 9- for AB412CP and 10- for ATR-42, eg: 9-05 for the same AB.412CP.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Agusta-Bell AB.412CP Grifone 10 9 Patrol local
ATR ATR-42-400MP Surveyor 2 2 Patrol France
Piaggio P.166DL3 14 14 Patrol local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Agusta-Bell AB.412CP Grifone 10 1993 current local
ATR ATR-42-400MP Surveyor 2 2001 current France
Piaggio P.166DL3 14 1985 current local

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters are grouped into 4 units located around the country.

Current Order of Battle:

Unit Type Base
1 Nucleo Aereo Capitanerie P.166DL3 Luni-Sazana
1 Sezione Volo Elicotteri AB.412CP Luni-Sazana
2 Nucleo Aereo Capitanerie P.166DL3 Catania-Fontanarossa
3 Nucleo Aereo Capitanerie ATR-42 Pescara-D'Abruzzo

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


Scramble April 1998


Guardia Costiera official website

wikipedia: Guardia Costiera

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