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AIR POWER: THE NAVY VISION Rear Admiral (LH) Giorgio GOMMA Director of the Naval Aviation Department ITN General Staff and Commander of the Italian Fleet.

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1 AIR POWER: THE NAVY VISION Rear Admiral (LH) Giorgio GOMMA Director of the Naval Aviation Department ITN General Staff and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm

2 THE AIR POWER THE U.K. DOCTRINE “The ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events” THE U.S. DOCTRINE “The ability to project military power or influence through the control and exploitation of air, space and cyberspace to achieve strategic, operational or tactical objectives" Gen. Giulio Douhet “In order to assure an adequate national defense, it is necessary — and sufficient — to be in a position in case of war to conquer the command of the air”

3 THE BEGINNING… 27 June 1913 FOUNDATION OF THE ITALIAN NAVAL AVIATION LT Mario CALDERARA (ITALIAN PILOT’S LICENSE NR. 1)

4 Seaplane Carrier “Wakamiya” (Imperial Japanese Navy) 5 Sept THE FIRST NAVAL-LAUNCHED AIR RAID

5 THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY “The turning point” The Aircraft Carrier as “Capital Ship” in a naval battle June 1942

6 SUMMARY OUTLOOK

7 AIR POWER: THE CONCEPT

8 AIR POWER: THE CAPABILITY SPECTRUM AIR SUPERIORITY/SUPREMACY SURVEILLANCE RECONNAISSANCE AIR INTERDICTION DETERRENCE/STRIKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

9 AIR POWER: THE PERSISTENCE

10 THE SCENARIO 11 TH MERCHANT FLEET IN THE WORLD 3 RD FISHING FLEET IN EUROPE ITALY: A MARITIME NATION

11 THE FUTURE SCENARIO

12 THE WIDER MEDITERRANEAN SEA HORMUZ BOSPHORUS SUEZGIBRALTARBAB EL MANDEB

13 STRATEGIC CONCEPTS PRESENCE AND SURVEILLANCE PROJECTION OF CAPABILITIES AT SEA AND FROM THE SEA

14 MARITIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AISAIS ARESARES MCCISMCCIS VTSVTS VMSVMS V-RMTCV-RMTC

15 MARITIME POWER AND NAVAL AIR POWER “THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON HISTORY” (A.T. MAHAN – 1890) THE ABILITY TO PROTECT TRADE AND PROJECT POWER FROM THE SEA

16 NAVAL AIR POWER IN THE SPENDING REVIEW….

17 NAVAL AIR POWER A CRITICAL ELEMENT FOR POWER PROJECTION AND NATIONAL SECURITY

18 UNRESTRICTED AT SEA SELF - SUSTAINED SELF - CONTAINED MOBILE C2 CENTER FLEXIBLE & SCALABLE POLITICAL INSTRUMENT MOBILE BASE THE EXPEDITIONARY POWER OF NAVAL FORCES THE CAPABILITY TO USE THE SEA FOR DETERRENCE, ALLIANCE SUPPORT, COOPERATIVE SECURITY, POWER PROJECTION AND OTHER FORWARD OPERATIONS SEA BASING

19 THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER NATION’S RANK INDICATOR NAVAL AIR POWER PILLAR HQ IN THE OPEN SEA EARLY ENTRY FORCE ENABLER THE DUAL–USE ROLE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN THE WHITE CRANE OPS

20 MCC’S AIR EFFECTORS AIR POWER CONTRIBUTION TO MARITIME OPS NAVAL AVIATION MARITIME PATROL COMPONENT SPACE COMPONENT

21 MCC’S AIR EFFECTORS AIR POWER CONTRIBUTION TO MARITIME OPS NAVAL AVIATION MARITIME PATROL COMPONENT SPACE COMPONENT

22 NAVAL AVIATION AND NAVAL AIR POWER AN EMBEDDED FLEET FORCE MULTIPLIER

23 THE NAVAL AVIATION A SHIP WEAPON SYSTEM MULTIROLE COST-EFFECTIVENESS

24 THE SAILORS OF THE NAVAL AVIATION

25 NAVAL AIR POWER ≠ AIR POWER + NAVAL POWER

26 PROJECTION OF CAPABILITIES AFGHANISTANLEBANONLYBIA

27 CASE STUDY - ENDURING FREEDOM FLIGHT HOURS FW 8 AV8B + 5 SH3D + 3 AB212 M.I.O./L.I.O. + OPERATIONAL SORTIES TO AFGH.

28 CASE STUDY - LEONTE (LEBANON) NON-COMBATANT EVACUATION (NEO) UNIFIL TROOPS REINFORCEMENT LIFTING OF ISRAELI NAVAL BLOCKADE

29 CASE STUDY - UNIFIED PROTECTOR 2011 REDUCED TRANSIT TIME COST-EFFECTIVENESS PERSONNEL INSERTION/EXTRACTION REDUCED VULNERABILITY ITS GARIBALDI AREA OF OPERATIONS R/V AV8B WITH TANKERS

30 CASE STUDIES OUTCOME

31 THE FUTURE INTEROPERABILITY AS A FORCE MULTIPLIER INFORMATION SHARING C4ISTAR TO ENABLE COMMON OPERATIONAL PICTURE

32 CONCLUSIONS

33 WHAT IF MAHAN AND DOUHET WERE HERE TODAY?

34 QUESTIONS ?


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