Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) is an Italian aircraft carrier, the current flagship of the Marina Militare Italiana, the Italian Navy. The aircraft carrier was built by Fincantieri (Italcantieri) at the Monfalcone shipyards near Gorizia. She was laid down in March 1981, launched in 1983 and was commissioned on September 30, 1985. Garibaldi is classed as a CVS-ASW or Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft Carrier and is based in Taranto.
The Allied-Italian peace treaty ending the Second World War banned Italy from having an aircraft carrier, so at the time of her launch she did not receive her Harriers and was formally classed as an aircraft carrying cruiser. Until 1988 only Italian helicopters landed on her deck, as well as RAF Harriers during NATO joint maneuvers. The ban was eventually lifted and in 1989 she obtained her own Harriers.