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The San Giusto, an Italian naval ship, will visit the port of Nagasaki from Aug. 12 to 18 as part of the “Italy in Japan 2001” events promoted by the two countries, the Italian Embassy in Tokyo said Wednesday.

Crew members of the 6,665-ton San Giusto plan to watch the opera “Madame Butterfly,” which will be performed in Nagasaki on Aug. 13, a military attache at the embassy said.

He said the purpose of the ship’s visit is to provide the crew with navigation training and to promote friendly relations. The ship, which will arrive in Nagasaki via Singapore and Shanghai, will travel to Osaka on Aug. 27 and to Tokyo on Sept. 3.

It will be visiting other Pacific rim countries as well, according to the embassy.

The San Giusto is an amphibious transport ship with an aircraft carrier-type flight deck and a crew of about 170.

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