.mw-parser-output .hidden-begin{box-sizing:border-box;width:100%;padding:5px;border:none;font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .hidden-title{font-weight:bold;line-height:1.6;text-align:left}.mw-parser-output .hidden-content{text-align:left}You can help expand this article with text translated from the corresponding article in Italian. (December 2016) Click [show] for important translation instructions. View a machine-translated version of the Italian article. Machine translation, like DeepL or Google Translate, is a useful starting point for translations, but translators must revise errors as necessary and confirm that the translation is accurate, rather than simply copy-pasting machine-translated text into the English Wikipedia. Consider adding a topic to this template: there are already 3,033 articles in the main category, and specifying|topic= will aid in categorization. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary accompanying your translation by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. A model attribution edit summary is Content in this edit is translated from the existing Italian Wikipedia article at [[:it:Luigi Ferraro (militare)]]; see its history for attribution. You should also add the template ((Translated|it|Luigi Ferraro (militare))) to the talk page. For more guidance, see Wikipedia:Translation.

Luigi Ferraro (3 November 1914, Quarto dei Mille – 5 January 2006, Genoa) was an officer of the Royal Italian Navy and pioneer of Italian submarine warfare, most notable for his service with the commando frogman unit Decima Flottiglia MAS.[1] In 1943 in Turkey he attacked four ships carrying chromium ore.[2] He was decorated with the gold medal for military valor for having sunk three enemy ships alone.[3]: 5 

Ferraro designed a number of innovations in scuba diving equipment for Cressi-sub, and in 1962 with Carlos Reinberg, he founded Technisub, a manufacturer of various underwater diving equipment.[4]

Cressi made and launched Luigi Ferraro's two most important innovations during the early 1950s. One was the "Pinocchio" diving mask, the first mask with a rubber nose pocket enabling the fingers to pinch the nostrils, facilitating ear equalization. The other was the Cressi Rondine, the first swimming fin featuring a closed heel, a toe opening and an offset blade, which maximised both wearing comfort and hydrodynamic efficiency.


  1. ^ Pannullo, Antonio (5 January 2016). "10 anni fa l'addio a Luigi Ferraro, incursore della X Mas e pioniere del sub". secoloditalia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "A man | Luigi Ferraro". www.luigiferraro.it. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  3. ^ Zamorani, Massimo (2013). Luigi Ferraro. Un eroe del mare. Mursia. ISBN 978-88-425-3159-3.
  4. ^ "Inventor and Entrepreneur". www.luigiferraro.it. Retrieved 7 November 2019.