US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) worked out with the Italian Air Force in the Mediterranean Sea on November 29.
F/A-18s from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier worked with Italian Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.
“Every time we fly integration events with other countries, we learn about different ways to plan and communicate,” said Lt. Steven Lozano, assigned to CVW-1 strike operations. “Additionally, we gain valuable experience training with aircraft types other than our own US Navy assets. During this exercise our aircrew learned about different training rules and terminology which will allow us to train together more easily in the future.”
The exercise took advantage of the opportunity to train with foreign air forces and promote interoperability.
Lozano said the exercise was a positive experience for CVW-1.
“It’s important for us to maintain good relationships and train regularly with our allies in Europe and around the world, so that we are always prepared to tackle large-scale operations smoothly and effectively,” said Lozano.
Following the exercise, the carrier exited the Mediterranean Sea, transiting the Strait of Gibraltar on December 4.
Truman is deployed in the US 6th Fleet area of operations, supporting maritime security operations in support of US national security interests.