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Capo Teulada range (from the Naval Landing Forces point of view)

Capo Teulada firing range was established by NATO in 1956 in south west Sardinia and it is now in size, the second largest Italian range. The +7,000 acres of territory are used for military training activities of both the Italian Armed Forces and NATO (in the air-sea-ground scenarios). The perimeter of the range is about 50 km, including the coastline within the beaches of Porto Scudo, Port Zafferano and Spiaggia degli Americani, that can be accessed, from the sea, for two months each year. In the summer season, daily boat trips are offered by local companies that ferry tourists in the most wonderful spots around the range that, therefore, can be seen from another point of view, as showed by the following pictures taken by Giovanni Maduli in August 2010.

E-3 AWACS contrails over Northern Italy

On Apr. 30, around 10.00AM LT, Fabrizio Berni noticed some contrails above Brescia and took the following interesting pictures. As the aircraft was orbiting, the shape of the contrails was (more or less) circular. The close up shows a (NATO) AWACS (radio callsign “Magic”) involved in some kind of exercise or surveillance activity in Northern Italy (thus, nothing related to the chemtrails I explained in a previous post).

Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group 2 visits Civitavecchia

From Feb 7 to Feb 9, the Standing NATO Reponse Force Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) made a port visit to Civitavecchia harbour. SNMG2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force composed of vessels from various allied nations (Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States even if other NATO nations have also occasionally contributed) that train and operate as a single team. The Group is available to NATO to perform a variety of tasks: from participating in multinational exercise, to provide crisis response and patrol. The force usually operates in the Mediterranean Sea, but it can deployed anywhere NATO requires it. For instance, in October 2008 the SNMG2 deployed to Somalia and performed a series of port visits in Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates during an operation aimed to protect ships that carried humanitarian aids to the Somalian population from pirates.
Giovanni Maduli went to Civitavecchia and took the following pictures of the vessels of the SNMG2: NAVE “Zeffiro” (Marina Militare / Italian Navy), “ST. Albans” (Royal Navy), “Kountouriotis” Greek Navy, “Gediz” (Turkish Navy), “Laboon” (US Navy), “Berlin” (Bundesmarine / German Navy).

Italian Armed Forces to the JPOW

The Italian Armed Forces are currently attending the 10th edition of the Joint Project Optic Windmill (JPOW X) exercise, taking place from Sept 4 to 19 near the “De Peel” airbase, Venray, Holland. The JPOW is a multinational training event organised held every 2 years and based on simulated activities dealing with the Air Defense and Theatre Air and Missile Defence (TAMD).
The Exercise is part of the the training event foreseen by the Joint Project Optic Alliance (JPOA), wich deals with the exchange of information about balistic targets.

Italy, that it is to its first participation to the JPOW, has been attending with 43 military and with simulation models of some national assets: the AN/TPS77 radar of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), the SAMP/T missile system of the Esercito Italiano (Italian Army) and CMS/PAAMS systems on board the Andrea Doria ship of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy). The goal of the exercise is to verity the integrability and interoperability of the Command and Control systems, of the sensors and interceptors used in the Anti-Missile role by the various NATO countries. Furthermore, with a lot of military taking part to missions abroad within multi-national contingents, the JPOW is an important opportunity to test and validade a system’s architecture that could be used to protect the troops operating in a non-permissive scenario against aerial threats (both aircraft and missiles), by integrating various allied assets.

Another NATO goal is the validation of the Target Architecture 1 (TA-1), an anti-balistic missile network composed by various systems provided by the allies. Such a goal is embedded in the ALTBMD (Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense) programme, started in 2005 to develop a defense capability aimed to protect the troops from the threat of short and medium range balistic missiles.
The exercise takes place in a synthetic environment: all personnel works in a scenario in which both threats and performances of the various systems are simulated. Since the models used for the simulation are extremely advanced, the exercise guarantees a strict adherence to reality.