US Navy P-8A Poseidon partecipates in Italy’s Mare Aperto exercise

The P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft from Commander, Task Force 67, recently participated in the Italian-led multilateral maritime exercise Mare Aperto in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

US Navy Mare Aperto Italy
US Navy P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

U.S. forces worked alongside Italian, French, German and Turkish maritime forces to develop interoperability and proficiency among the NATO allies in various maritime warfare scenarios.

In addition to the Poseidon, the US Sixth Fleet also participated with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

Mare Aperto is designed to improve combined combat capability, increase operational capacity, and strengthen relationships among NATO allies and partners.

CTF 67 aircraft improved combat capability among NATO allies by sharing key maritime domain awareness data while conducting airborne maritime patrols. P-8A Poseidon aircraft, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, the “Screaming Eagles,” transmitted, tracked, and communicated surface contacts with the Italian frigate ITS Carabiniere (F 593). This key information sharing between NATO allies builds an accurate picture of the maritime domain, enhancing commanders’ awareness of the area of operations and enabling a faster and more informed decision-making process.

US Navy Mare Aperto Italy

The P-8A Poseidon is the US Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and is configured with state-of-the-art sensors and communications equipment, allowing it to support a wide range of missions over large bodies of water, including sub-surface search-and-rescue operations. It can reach an airspeed of 564 mph, has a ceiling of 41,000 feet and a range of 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station, allowing it to loiter over search areas.

The Mare Aperto involved numerous units of the Italian Navy, including the Aircraft Carrier Cavour and the Landing Helicopter Aircraft Garibaldi, as well as the Landing Platform Dock San Giorgio, Auxiliary ships Vulcano and Stromboli, Destroyer Doria, Fregate Fasan, Carabiniere and Rizzo and many other vessels.

Vessels comprising Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, flagship ITS Fasan, the Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gokçeada (F 494) and German tanker FGS Spessart also participated in the exercise.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: US Navy

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