SAN FRANCISCO — The United States military has confirmed it will send a small number of sailors to Italy to participate in a military uniform program that includes uniformed sailors, the first time that has been done in nearly a decade.
The U.S. Navy’s 4th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, said Thursday that about 40 sailors will be deployed to the Italian city of Pisa in July and August.
“The sailors will participate in an intensive civilian training program and will have access to training facilities to support their training and provide additional operational support,” the 4th fleet said in a statement.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told Italian news agency ANSA that the sailors would be assigned to the 4 th Fleet, which has a large presence in the region.
This is the first visit by a U.N. peacekeeping force to a U,S.
naval base, he said.
Renzi said the Italian military is also participating in the program.
The military has said that it will continue to maintain a presence at the U.K.’s Faslane naval base in the U,K., as part of the U-K.
A U.J.N.-backed military council called on Britain to leave the U.,K., bloc as part in a bid to prevent any military action by Russia or Iran.
European Union leaders last week agreed to take part in an international peacekeeping mission to Ukraine to help train, arm and monitor the country’s armed forces.