The state of NATO naval air forces in the Mediterranean

In the early morning of yesterday, the USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69) entered the Mediterranean Sea with its carrier strike group. It has been a long time since we have seen such a strong NATO naval air potential deployed in the Mediterranean.

In addition to the IKE, a second aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford (CVN-78), is also present in the Mediterranean, currently sailing in the eastern Mediterranean.

In the night between Friday and Saturday, the Spanish Navy amphibious assault ship ESP Juan Carlos I (LHD 61) (with its Harrier AV-8B+-based air group) crossed the Strait of Messina heading east.

The two Italian aircraft carriers, the ITS Cavour (C551) and the ITS Garibaldi (C550), are currently in the Tyrrhenian Sea engaged in the Mare Aperto23 exercise.

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) is currently undergoing maintenance in Toulon and is therefore not available.

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