Admiral Cavo Dragone had stated in January 2021 that between the Air Force and the Navy “there would certainly be integration” after the acquisition by Cavour of an initial capacity with the F-35.
The first F-35B landed on the Nave Cavour bridge in March 2021 as part of the Ready for Operations (RFO) mission which saw the flagship of the Italian fleet sail to Norfolk to cooperate with the U.S. Marines Corp (USMC).
Admiral Cavo Dragone, the new Chief of Defense Staff, kept faith with what he said at the beginning of the year by definitively eliminating all the rumors that began to circulate about an increasingly fierce internal war between the Air Force and the Navy for the management of the F-35 “Bravo”.
F-35Bs of the Aeroutica and the Navy operated jointly aboard Nave Cavour in synergy with the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Not only did the Italian F-35s operate from the Cavour bridge but also on that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth with USMC aircraft.
The same USMC F-35Bs landed on the Italian aircraft carrier.
The Adm. Cavo Dragone also stressed that in the future the synergy between AM and MM will also concern logistical aspects, use from the ground and in operational situations without the possibility of exploiting runways.
Cover image: GLC Photo 32-14 Italian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II STOVL MM7453 (BL-3)