Naples, December 13 - NATO supreme allied commander Admiral James Stavridis presided over the opening of the new NATO interforce command base in the southern Italian region of Campania on Thursday. The ceremony to mark the inauguration of the base located in Lago Patria, Naples, was also attended by Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo di Paola. The new base is already operational, though there are still offices waiting to be transferred from the old base in the Bagnoli neighbourhood located in the eastern periphery of the city of Naples. The Nato Command base in Bagnoli had been operational since 1954. The new JFC Naples base will contain some 2,300 employees between military and civil workers, made up of some 22 nations. There is still infrastructure that needs to be built that has been assigned to the local authorities and the Italian government to manage. "Some two years are needed to reach full capacity", Di Paola said during his speech. "Both Italy and the local authorities will need to give their support in order for the objective to be reached".
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