Cavour aircraft carrier – Civitavecchia

As happened in 2008 and 2009, once again in 2010, Cavour aircraft carrier was at Civitavecchia harbour for the Armed Forces Day. I went there and made a quick tour of the ship as already done in the previous years and took the following pictures of the AV-8B+ Harrier and SH-3D “Sea King” that were on display on the flight deck of “Nave Cavour”.

A side note that might be useful if you’ll plan to visit the ship next year: the aircraft carrier could be visited from 9AM to 12AM in the morning and from 3PM to 6.30PM. Visitors could reach the ship using one of the shuttle buses which connected the harbour car park with the dock (that were some kilometers apart). Unfortunately, without any prior notice, the buses that should bring the people from the ship back to the car park ceased their service after 12PM leaving hundreds visitors (comprising many infants and elderly people) under the sun, without any other chance than waiting from a few hours or walking for 2,5 chilometers to reach their cars on foot! Thumbs down to the organizers for this unacceptable management of the bus service.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.