Italian Air Force to Iceland! Italians? Iceland?
From "The Aviationist" the article by DAVID CENCIOTTI | June 28, 2022.
NATO MISSION AIR POLICING ICELAND!
"Along with the four F-35As supporting NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing, the Italian Air Force has deployed its two F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) aircraft for training in Iceland’s cold climate."
F-35B the Short Take Off Vertical Landing version of the Lightning warplane. Six F-35 total deployed, two of which are the STOVL version.
"For the third time in the last three years, Italy has deployed its F-35 Lightning II aircraft to Iceland, to support NATO’s Interim Air Policing mission 'Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland’s Peacetime Preparedness Needs (ASIC-IPPN)', more commonly known as Icelandic Air Policing."
YES, Italian Air Force Iceland. Italians doing their bit as part of NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission. Iceland having their airspace protected from hostile or possible hostile intruder aircraft. Iceland a constituent member of NATO BUT not having an air force. Everybody must chip in and do so on a rotating basis.
Very good real world training. Almost like a vacation I can imagine but with a lot of seriousness. Bravo Italians. Good hunting!