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Italian F-35B lands for the first time on the Cavour, the Italian navy’s aircraft carrier

Italian F-35B

An Italian F-35B Lightning II, belonging to the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) landed for the first time on the Cavour on July 30, 2021, during navigation in the Gulf of Taranto. A joint exercise that involves both the Italian Navy aircraft carrier Cavour and the Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth has taken place in the central Mediterranean Sea in the last few days.

Recently appointed Chief of Defence staff observed the end of the international activity. Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, who was accompanied for the occasion by the Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Enrico Credendino, and by the Air Force Chief of Staff General Luca Goretti.

“The aerial activity aboard the Cavour aircraft carrier, carried out in full synergy between the Navy and the Air Force, represents a milestone in the development of the national ability to project the potential offered by the new fifth-generation aircraft from the sea, the F-35B,” says a statement from the Italian MOD.

Admiral Cavo Dragone, congratulating the Navy and Air Force personnel involved in the activity, highlighted how “in addition to the excellent skills already achieved by F-35A of the Air Force, both in the operational field and in real operations, today’s exercise represents a strong impetus in the process of developing the national air projection capacity from the sea, with the integration of fifth-generation joint tactical multirole aircraft, allowing our country to be the only one able to guarantee this contribution within the European Union “.

“The synergies between the Navy and the Air Force in the use of F-35Bs on board the aircraft carrier will also be achieved in use from the ground, operating jointly in operational situations where suitable landing strips for conventional aircraft are not available”.

“In addition to the success of the joint activities carried out by the Italian Navy and Air Force aircraft on board Nave Cavour, today’s interaction with the British aircraft carrier group has made it possible to successfully test the joint technical-operational procedures aimed at achieving full interoperability between the two navies.

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