Santo Stefano (island)
Santo Stefano is an island in the Maddalena archipelago of northern Sardinia, Italy, and part of the Maddalena National Park. It is largely uninhabited and it is mainly known for its hosting of a NATO Naval Base and Italian Navy munitions magazines Apart from the military, the only residences on the island is a tourist resort, Club valtur, which is largely occupied only during the summer months. Public access to the island is made by ferry either from La Maddalena or nearby Palau, on Sardinia.
In 1973 the US Navy homeported the submarine tender U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore at the cement pier of the island.
In 1987, the United States Navy was issued an executive eviction, which called for abandonment of the island and its return to a national park. However, in 2004, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, despite the pending eviction, gave the U.S Navy the rights to extend the base using part of the natural park surface to build a new wider office building.
The military base on Santo Stefano  had been chosen to host the 2009 G8 summit before it was moved to L'Aquila. The water is azure blue. On the island is also a tourist resort, the Valtur Hotel.
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