Changing of the guard at Grottaglie

With the introduction of the NH90 the Italian Navy has a modern, multi-mission platform suited to operations over land and sea. Dr Andreas Zeitler joined a training flight from Grottaglie to learn about the helicopter’s capabilities.

The SH-90A is the most modern helicopter in Italian Navy service. A first example was delivered to Luni in June 2011. Today, it is operational with 4° and 5° Gruppo Elicotteri. SH-90A MM81590 ‘3-14’ is armed with an M134D door gun.
All photos Dr Andreas Zeitler

Target acquired, range 53 kilometres, course 135,” comes the announcement over the intercom. It’s a clear day and the sea is calm. The Cabin Crew Chief (CCC), Luigi Grilli, has no difficulty acquiring the target.

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