VISIT OF ROYAL AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF
On 18th February the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff received a Royal Air Force delegation in Rome. On the 19 th the RAF Delegation visited Amendola Air Base
On Monday 18th February Italian Air Force Chief of Staff, General Alberto Rosso, met in Rome the Royal Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier. During the meeting, General Rosso and Sir Hillier showed interest to discuss issues related to the consolidated bilateral cooperation initiatives that derive from the ministerial agreement between Italy and Great Britain signed last year, aimed at further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries, and possible future areas of collaboration between the two Air Forces, especially in the sector of the Air domain and of the aerospace.
"The visit of Sir Hillier in Italy, fostering enhanced cooperation on 4th and 5th generation interoperability through combined participation to dedicated activities, would not only increase mutual capabilities but, moreover, would also allow the definition of a clear “interoperability path” amongst the F-35 European community.
Furthermore, the development of partnership between the two Air Forces is also fundamental for the aerospace domain, in order to share the standards and regulation for stratospheric and suborbital flight." These are the words used by General Rosso expressing great satisfaction at the end of the visit.
On 19th February Sir Hillier, together with General Silvano Frigerio, Italian Air Force’s Combat Forces Commander, visited Amendola Air Base, where he was welcomed by Colonel Davide Marzinotto, 32nd Wing Commander.
The delegation, also made up of Wing Commander Peter Cochrane, Group Cp.t. Matt Peterson and Colonel Giampaolo Schiavo, Deputy Defense Attachè at the Italian Embassy in London - UK, continued the tour at the so-called “Cittadella J.S.F.”, home of 13th Flying Squadron, where it was possible to visit specific operational and training facilities (including Simulators), the Hangar and an aircraft in static display.
Then the delegation continued towards the 28th Flying Squadron where the unmanned air-platforms and different sensors onboard the Predator are controlled and operated through the Ground Control Station (GCS).
The British Delegation visit at the 32nd Wing was important to verify the operational and infrastructural provisions, outstanding standards and requirements available on site and needed in order to develop future projects and combined synergies, in the framework of “pulling and sharing” concept between the F-35 fleets of UK and Italy.