May 5, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Friday 30 April 2021, the Cavour aircraft carrier , flagship of the Italian Navy , returned to Italy, mooring at the Mar Grande Naval Station in Taranto and thus successfully concluding, after three months in the United States, the ” Ready for Operations ” campaign. for the certification for the operational use of the brand new F-35B fighter fighter.
Upon returning, as early as April 29, the Cavour ship with its crew of 568 men and women, under the command of the vessel captain Giancarlo Ciappina, welcomed on board the Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Squad , Squad Admiral Paolo Treu and then rejoin the Ionian Sea with different fleet assets such as the destroyer Andrea Doria , the amphibious ship San Giusto , the submarine Prini and an AV-8B Plus patrol from GrupAer di Grottaglie, conducting various training series. “The RFO Campaign served to show the world Italian excellence – underlined Admiral Treu-. Nave Cavour has been able to play the role of prestigious ambassador of the best part of Italy very well and splendidly, keeping up the image of a country which, even during the dramatic pandemic still underway, continues to advance capable of great achievements. As Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Squad, I am thrilled and satisfied with the success achieved by the aircraft carrier and its crew with the achievement of certification for the use of its new and revolutionary weapon system, consisting of the Joint Strike Fighter “.
On the morning of 30 April, an exceptional event, the visit on board by the Undersecretary of State for Defense, s enatrice Stefania Pucciarelli, who congratulated all the crew for the result achieved. “The Ready for Operations reached for p ortaerei Cavour has not only a meaning of technical-operational nature, but also the strategic implications for the Navy, and Defense and for the entire country – he said in his speech the s enatrice -. This u nity represents the maximum expression of p otere toeronavale and of the naval diplomacy of Italy. Today we have a very high level Navy, capable of ensuring the fundamental needs of internal defense and security and effectively responding to the international obligations assumed by the country. All this thanks to the skills ensured by the crews, by men and women, highly professional and driven by an exceptional spirit of service. An excellent professional preparation that goes hand in hand with technological innovation. Better if it is “made in Italy”. A “made in Italy that nave Cavour represents: an all-Italian aircraft carrier that represents the most important technological investment in the national defense industry system. The synergy between the professionalism of the Navy crews and the increasingly advanced technology at its disposal allows us to have an increasingly efficient and effective military instrument “.
The Undersecretary was accompanied on board by the Chief of Staff of the Navy , admiral of s quadra Giuseppe Cavo Dragone , who greeted the crew of the aircraft carrier at the general meeting on their return from the important mission and received the honors from the other naval units in the maneuver seaman of defilation “The result achieved with the RFO campaign is of considerable importance if we consider that we wanted it at all costs. The pandemic situation has slowed us down in our readiness, but Minister Guerini’s message of good wishes on departure, last January 29 , he has given the whole Marina and crew to n ave Cavour momentum to tackle this mission. and today the presence ofS ottosegretario to return is a sign of esteem and gratitude of the whole country. The qualification of the p ortaerei the use of the F-35B is a critical step in the process to update our air and naval capabilities. Soon we will have the first Italian 5th generation aircraft driven by a pilot of the Navy aviation land on this newly certified bridge and so we will continue the path that will lead us, by 2024, to the “Initial Operational Capability” and therefore to the ” Final Operational Capability ” “.
Putting the cables on the quay and lowering the tailgate, the “Ready for Operations” campaign was effectively concludedstarted last January 28 (January 8 if we consider the period of the anti Covid protocols) and ended after exactly three months, with 15627 nautical miles traveled for a total of 1406 engine hours, mostly in the Atlantic Ocean , and a historic result: the certification to use the new weapon system consisting of V generation aircraft, the F-35 in version B, with short take-off and vertical landing, obtained at the end of the Sea Trials (28 February-26 March ), series of tests at sea (over 50 flight missions, in different weather conditions and sea conditions, night activities, about 120 vertical landings and as many short take-offs with the help of the ski jump,as well as vertical take-off tests) carried out with the support of the engineering team of the Patuxent River Integrated Test Force and the two aircraft and test pilots of the United States Marine Corps.
“I am deeply grateful to the men and women of my crew, for their professionalism and for the sense of duty they have highlighted in carrying out this ambitious undertaking, especially at such a difficult time for our families and for the whole. Country, due to the pandemic emergency. Their example of spirit of sacrifice and their generosity fill my chest with pride: it is thanks to the professionalism and sacrifices of our men and women, as well as their families, that the Navy – despite the small and always smaller pool of available personnel – manages to effectively preserve the essential defense function on the sea and from the sea and to confirm the role of the armed force as a vital tool for the safety of our seas and for the protection of the country’s economy,. “The budget of c omandante Ciappina returning.
The c ampagna was also characterized by reinforcing bilateral cooperation with US forces, in particular with the US Navy and Marine Corps . In fact, the various training sessions conducted in February with US Navy assets such as the USS Stout and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, as well as the kinematic maneuvers performed with the USS Gerald Ford, US unit of the new and homonymous class of Units, stand out. nuclear powered. As well as activities with the MV-22 “Osprey” tiltrotor, a multi-engine, dual-pilot, self-deployable aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities thanks to tilting rotors, designed for special operations support missions around the world.