StrategyPage – Italy is going to convert one of its two aircraft carriers, the 35-year-old Garibaldi, to a platform for launching SLVs (Satellite Launch Vehicle) rockets that put satellites into orbit.
War Zone – The Italian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier is about to begin operations with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter off the U.S. East Coast.
Naval News – The Italian Navy aircraft carrier ITS Cavour is set to reach Naval Station Norfolk in mid-February to start F-35B STOVL aircraft qualifications with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Naval News – The recent release of Italian MoD’s Multi-year Planning Document (Documento Programmatico Pluriennale – DPP) 2020-2022 and the Parliament hearings of the Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and of the Chief of Italian Navy (Marina Militare), Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, provide first details on new shipbuilding and joint/naval weapon system programmes.
Naval News – The Italian Navy’s Carlo Bergamini-class frigate “Federico Martinengo” (F596) recently foiled two pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea with the help of a VBSS team of the San Marco Marine Brigade. The FREMM GP frigate currently operates in the region to protect national interests and maritime routes
Defense News – A long-running tussle between Italy’s Air Force and Navy over the F35-B jet is coming to a head as deadlines approach for deciding who gets the next aircraft to roll off the production line and where it will be based.
CIMSEC – Italy must stand ready, as one of the most advanced countries on the basin, to guarantee freedom of navigation and the protection of its national interests in order to guarantee respect for international law.
– Forbes – Italy’s Near Future Submarine (NFS) design will be Italian in nature.
(Thanks to Alain)
– USNI News – The Mediterranean Sea has a host of security challenges: Russian submarine activity in the Eastern Med, instability in Syria and Libya, as well as the flow of migrants and illicit traffic throughout the region. The Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is tasked with addressing them all.
– USNI News – All across the Mediterranean Sea, more non-NATO countries are fielding submarines while NATO allies are increasing the size of their own undersea fleets. Those submarines are also becoming harder to find. All told, the ability for NATO to find, track and identify submarines is not just a matter of defense against Russia, but a matter of basic traffic safety on and under the Mediterranean.
– Inside Over – It seems that an important first step has been taken towards the renewal and enlargement of the underwater component of the Italian Navy. (In Italian)
(Thanks to Alain)
– Naval News – The PPA Programme achieved an important technical milestone in late December 2019: the integration of the first two X-Band fixed sensor arrays of the new Dual Band Radar (DBR) X/C at the test bed in Pratica di Mare airfield, near Rome.
– Defense News – The Italian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare FREMM Alpino is in the United States on a tour of the East Coast. The Fincantieri-built warship is a contender for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation frigate, the FFG(X), and the Alpino is on this side of the Atlantic giving the service a look at what the hull can do.
– Defense News – The Italian Navy has released fresh details about its seven new, multifunctional ships as it seeks to wrap up a system design review (SDR) of the innovative vessels by the end of June.
– Defense News – The Italian Navy is co-hosting what could be described as a secondhand ship show in Italy next month as it retires dozens of seasoned vessels and brings new ships into service.
– USNI News – The Italian Navy has issued a contract for a big deck amphibious warship in a $1.1 billion ship deal announced last week. The 22,000-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) will feature a welldeck for amphibious landing craft, takeoff and landing spots for five helicopters and room for up to 1,000 personnel.
– BBC – Italy’s navy has rescued 1,123 people from inflatable boats in the space of 24 hours, as clandestine migration from North Africa reaches record levels.
– Press TV – As pro-democracy protests rage in Libya, the Italian navy assault ship San Giorgio has prepared to evacuate Italians and people of other nationalities in the North African country’s port city of Misrata.
Associated Press – Naval patrols fail to deter pirates
Rear Admiral Giovanni Gumiero is going on a pirate hunt.
From the deck of an Italian destroyer cruising the pirate-infested waters off Somalia’s coast, he has all the modern tools at his fingertips – radar, sonar, infrared cameras, helicopters, a cannon that can sink a ship 10 miles, or 16 kilometers, away – to take on a centuries-old problem that harks back to the days of schooners and eye patches.
Aviation Week – Air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines have started to prowl the Mediterranean, with Italian Type U 212 boats having reached operational capability and German boats of the same type deploying to the region in support of NATO’s Operation Active Endeavor.
Aljazeera – Italy is sending Marines to Lebanon for peacekeeping.
Sea Power – In an age characterized by missiles guided by sophisticated electronic seekers and a constellation of satellites, an Italian arms company is taking a different approach to precision munitions. To increase the accuracy of widely used medium-caliber naval guns, Oto Melara is employing the concepts of low drag and high speed with a new munition called Ammunition Reduced Time-of-Flight (ART).