Italian Air Force Graduates Italian Navy’s New F-35B Pilots | Aviation

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Personnel from Air Force and Navy pose for a photo after the graduation in front of both services’ F-35Bs. (Photo: Italian Air Force)

The pilots attended the ground school at MCAS Beaufort and then continued their training at Amendola Air Base, acquiring the Limited Combat Ready qualification.

The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) recently graduated three new Marina Militare (Navy) F-35B pilots at Amendola Air Base, home of the 32° Stormo (Wing). The Navy pilots previously attended the ground school at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, before moving to Amendola and complete their training with the Air Force, acquiring the Limited Combat Ready qualification.

In order to complete the qualification course, both the Air Force and Navy dedicated a team of instructors and technical personnel coordinated by the Training and Standardization Support Center of the 32nd Wing. The pilots took part to multiple flight activities and mission sets, reaching the required preparation to employ the Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing variant of the 5th gen fighter jet.

This joint training is part of the synergy both services created since both employ the F-35B. In fact, in addition to standardizing the Techniques, Tactics and Procedures, both services often train together in expeditionary scenarios from austere locations and on the Italian Navy’s ITS Cavour aircraft carrier. Moreover, the Navy’s F-35B are currently based at Amendola Air Base for  more efficient management of the fleet, until there are enough aircraft ready to be based at Grottaglie Naval Air Station.

The Italian Air Force mentioned in its statement that two new Navy pilots already started their training at Amendola to transition on the F-35B and achieve the LCR qualification. After that, pilots will continue to train for the full combat readiness with their assigned squadrons, which for the Marina Militare is the Gruppo Aerei Imbarcati (Embarked Aircraft Squadron) currently…

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