This may be the most brilliant military strategy of all time. Get the people who you are invading to make the mission of their armed forces to help you invade! (Vlad Tepes)
The migrants, who included women and children, had set off from the North African coast and were not equipped with life jackets, the navy said.
They are now being taken by ship to the port of Augusta, on Italy’s Mediterranean island of Sicily.
On Tuesday, three other navy ships disembarked 1,049 more migrants rescued since Monday in the ports of Augusta and Pozzallo, also in Sicily, the navy said.
Italy is a major gateway into Europe for migrants who come by sea from North AfricaÂ in hope of reaching EU soil.
Shipwrecks off the shores of Sicily and the tiny island of Lampedusa are common, thanks to the frequent use of overcrowded and barely seaworthy vessels.
But despite the dangers, migrants keep coming. Some are from African nations, particularly Eritrea and Somalia, while others have fled war-torn Syria, officials say.
According to the European border agency Frontex, more than 12,000 illegal migrants were detected off Sicily and 8,000 off Lampedusa in the third quarter of last year.
Many of those arriving on Italy’s shores have set sail from Libya, the agency said.