Subtitle: Why don’t they speak English over here
The other day, I (and lots of other people, I wasn’t the only one) spotted this moored in the lagoon near San Giorgio Maggiore.
Thanks to Signor Nonloso/Steven Varni, I knew that it was the Luigi Durand de la Penne, here for a couple of days to commemorate its namesake’s human torpedo attack on two British battleships, in December, 1941. (Human torpedoes? That leads to a few questions, doesn’t it?)
Anyhow, they were running shuttles to the destroyer, so I duly trudged along to get in on the act. And, being first there, I waited, and waited, etc. (But, I was about 25th onto the shuttle. I still haven’t figured out how the Italians do that amoeba like movement which moves them to the front of any queue. They’re very slick.)
Here’s our little shuttle boat.
Once on-board the destroyer, we were greeting a charming, smiling Italian naval officer, who spoke the most rapid Italian I have yet heard. So, my reportage will be full of made up stuff, do not quote anything you read here!
We saw lots of things that would go BANG!!! or WHOOSH!! or KA-POW!!!
We saw shining corridors.
And, Christmas decorations in the place equipped with the steering wheel, GPS and Candy Crush game, and something called RADAR.
We shuffled along, wondering when they might serve us some coffee. They didn’t.
We verified we were on the correct destroyer.
And then, after a highly educational (but enjoyable) tour, we shuffled back to the return shuttle boat, admiring the propeller on a lifeboat as we went.
There were many armed personnel around the ship, and both male and female personnel busy with cleaning, polishing, etc. I assume none of those were high ranking officers.
Read more true, but probably boring, facts about this destroyer here destroyer