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Mare Aperto 2018-2

Riccardo Niccoli watched examples of most of the Italian Navy’s aircraft in action at Mare Aperto 2018-2 – its largest training exercise.

Exercise Report

AV-8B+ MM7222 ‘1-16’ performs a vertical take-off from the flight deck of the ‘Cavour’. The GRUPAER comes on board at least four or five times a year, and often more.
All photos Riccardo Niccoli

Exercise Mare Aperto (‘blue waters’), held each spring and autumn, aims to maintain and increase the combat readiness of all Marina Militare (Italian Navy) assets through activities of increasing complexity.

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