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NATO base near Naples closes after 40 years

Mayor de Magistris says forces not 'abandoning' city

NATO base near Naples closes after 40 years

Naples, March 27 - The Allied Joint Force Command Naval base on the island of Nisida off the coast of Naples officially closed on Wednesday after 40 years of activity. The base's 180 military from 19 countries, 30 of whom are Italian, will be transferred to the NATO interforce command base opened in Lago Patria near Naples last December or back to their country of origin. Most of the command activities will be transferred to a base in Northwood, Great Britain. Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris said at the flag-lowering ceremony that the move did not represent "an act of abandonment" by NATO forces in Naples. Last December the NATO Command base in Bagnoli located in the eastern periphery of the city of Naples that had been operational since 1954 was closed down and personnel moved to the Lago Patria base. "As in the case of the former NATO headquarters in Bagnoli, the (Italian) Navy will leave its control and logistics in place (on Nisida). A State presence here is important," de Magistris said.

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