The Captain, six officers and 24 crewmen of the Greek naval destroyer "Velos" were given political asylum in Italy after coming ashore at the Italian port of Fiumicino on Saturday (26 May).
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Background: The Captain, six officers and 24 crewmen of the Greek naval destroyer "Velos" were given political asylum in Italy after coming ashore at the Italian port of Fiumicino on Saturday (26 May).
The ship, whose crew mutinied while on a NATO exercise in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, later sailed with its remaining crew of 240 to a destination believed to be the NATO naval base at Naples, Italy.
The "Velos" broke away from NATO naval exercises on Friday (25 May) when the mutiny broke out in revolt against the Greek military government. The event followed this past week's announcement that Greek authorities had crushed an attempt by two retired Royalist Admirals to seize three warships and force the government's resignation.
The Greek destroyer anchored on Friday night some three miles off Fiumicino, and remained there until Saturday night as delicate negotiations progressed over the fate of the mutineers.
The revolt presented the Italian government with a complicated diplomatic problem since mutiny is an extraditable offence and the "Velos" was the warship of Greece, a NATO ally of Italy.
But Italian officials said they were treating the incident as a political matter, not as a simple case of mutiny. And it is under this consideration that the crew of "Velos" qualified for political asylum.