Amerigo Vespucci

School Ship of the Italian Navy

In 1962 in the Mediterranean Sea the American aircraft carrier USS Independence saw it on the radar and asked:
“Who are you?”
«Amerigo Vespucci school ship, Italian Navy»
Upon receiving these words the aircraft carrier turned off the engines and sounded three siren blows in salute, repeating: “You are the most beautiful ship in the world”.