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Massimiliano Lauretti

Massimiliano Lauretti

Head of Plans, Operations and Maritime Strategy, Italian Navy

Rear Adrmiral (l.h.) Massimiliano Lauretti was born in Frosinone on April 3rd 1970.

Upon completing the high school, he joined the Naval Academy in Livorno where he attended his initial officer training, from 1989 to 1993, graduating in Maritime and Naval Sciences at the University of Pisa.

In 1994 he was appointed as Surface Warfare Officer and sent on board (FFG) ITS ALISEO as weapons officer until 1997.

In 1998 he was employed with the same duty on board (FFG) ITS GRECALE until 2001.

In 2003, after attending the Naval Commanding School in Augusta and the Naval Warfare Advanced School in Venice, was appointed Commanding Officer of the (AWT) ITS TICINO (August 2003 – August 2004).

In 2004 he was assigned on board (DDG) ITS DURAND DE LA PENNE where he attended several staff duties (up to OPSO).

From November 2006 to June 2012, he served at the ITALIAN NAVY GENERAL STAFF, as Head of “Operational Planning and Training” Section.

On July 11th 2012, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the (OPV) ITS CIGALA FULGOSI.

From August 2013 to August 2017 he was assigned at the ITALIAN NAVY GENERAL STAFF, as the Head of Operations Office for Plans, Operations and Maritime Strategies Department.

From 11th September 2017 to 15th October 2018, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the (DDG) ITS FRANCESCO MIMBELLI.

Since 1st November 2018 to date he has been serving as Head of Plans and Operations Department of the Command in Chief of the Fleet (CINCNAV).

Since 10 January 2022, he is Head of Plans & Maritime Policy Department of the Italian Navy General Staff (Rome).


Major awards and decorations:

Saint Maurice Commendation Medal

Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic

Naval Long Command Medal of honor – Silver

Long Command Silver Medal

Gold Cross for long service

NATO and WEO Medals for “Sharp Guard – Maritime Monitor