For the primary time in NATO historical past, Italy transfers the authority of a Provider Strike Group (CSG) to NATO. Naval Hanging and Assist Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) will execute the command and management of the ITS CAVOUR CSG between 27-31 Could 2022. STRIKFORNATO is presently conducting the vigilance exercise NEPTUNE SHIELD 2022 (NESH22), which integrates high-end maritime expeditionary strike capabilities of Sea, Air and Land belongings. The actions happen within the Baltic, Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, from 17-31 Could. Throughout NESH22, STRIKFORNATO conducts the handover of command and management of the USS Harry S. Truman Provider Strike Group (CSG) and the Mixed Process Drive 61/2, which incorporates the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Prepared Group (ARG), and the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from U.S. Sixth Fleet (SIXTHFLT) to STRIKFORNATO and the broader Alliance.

“NEPTUNE SHIELD is a good alternative to combine an Italian provider strike group into Alliance operations,” stated, Rear Adm. James Morley, deputy commander, STRIKFORNATO. “This removes synthetic seams between the maritime and air domains, and exposes tactical operators to the ability of the multinational community coaching as we’d fight-as a easy group.”


Italian Navy Plane Provider Cavour with on her deck McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Plus V/STOL aircrafts and an Agusta-Bell AB-212 ASW aAnti-submarine warfare helicopter. (Picture by Naval Hanging and Assist Forces NATO)

The CAVOUR operates an embarked air wing with AV8B’s and F35B’s, these supplied by each Italian Navy and Air Drive beneath tactical command of the CSG. Early this yr, ITS CAVOUR CSG participated in NEPTUNE STRIKE vigilance exercise that came about within the Adriatic Sea, and concerned missions at sea and within the air throughout most of Europe, supporting each Allied Joint Drive Command Naples and Brunssum. On 13 Could, STRIKFORNATO participated as NATO Headquarters through the Italian Navy Nationwide Train MARE APERTO 22-1 involving the ITS CAVOUR CSG. The CSG Items educated on NATO procedures, communications and coverage in an effort to higher put together the ships, plane and workers for future NATO actions.

This train allowed the ITS CAVOUR – and ITMARFOR workers in preparation of NRF 24 – to make the most of NATO methods and construction to coach and rehearse working inside the better NATO Alliance. It additionally supplied vital coaching for the STRIKFORNATO workers of their interplay with Allied Nations’ CSGs in high-end coaching situations throughout the spectrum of disaster. Occasions like these assist strengthen the NATO Alliance in addition to the relationships with accomplice nations, validating the seven many years of Alliance interoperability, cohesiveness and dedication to collective defence. STRIKFORNATO is Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) premier, quickly deployable and versatile, maritime energy projection Headquarters, able to planning and executing full spectrum joint maritime operations.