Commander Nicola Marco Pizzeghello joined the Italian Navy in 1997. After studies at the Naval Academy in Livorno, he earned a degree in Political Sciences focused on International Affairs at the University of Pisa and attended the Master in Marine Geomatics in Genoa. He has been conducting hydrographic surveys since 2005, receiving the IHO/FIG/ICA Category A Certification in 2007 at the Italian Hydrographic Institute. He was the Commanding Officer of the IT Navy HSV Galatea. He is currently the head of the Geospatial Support Department at the Italian Hydrographic Institute.