OPERATION Black Shield

This summer, Gian Carlo Vecchi had the chance to visit the Italian Typhoon air policing detachment on Romania’s Black Sea coast and interview Colonel Andrea Fazi, commander of the Task Force Air 4° Stormo.

Romanian Air Force MiG-21MF LanceR A 5913 flanks a pair of TFA 4° Stormo F-2000A Typhoons over the Black Sea off Constanța. The co-located LanceRs served as welcome sparring partners for the deployed. Gian Carlo Vecchi

The Aeronautica Militare (AM, Italian Air Force) makes a valuable contribution to NATO’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) initiative, which integrates the defence assets of several member nations into a single unified system. This peacetime activity continuously monitors the integrity of the host nation’s airspace.

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