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Update on Italian naval programmes

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Old August 4th, 2017   #16
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Just to drag the thread back to the Italian navy, and not long-dead USN trivia, a small midcourse correction is necessary, re;

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IF GARIBALDI will be used as an F-35B training aid then seems reasonable for practice landings & STOs at Max. VL landing weights or less (depends on conditions).
GARIBALDI has already been downgraded to LPH/LHA status and tasking. The Italians have no plans to use it for anything to do with fast air again. In poor material condition, and they're looking forward to ditching it. The chances of an F-35B ever coming into contact with it are exactly nil.

LHD TRIESTE also replaces the frigate-sized flat-tops in MM service, although a separate replacement for them may come later.

All in its own good time, these things.

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Trieste isn't going to replace Garibaldi & all three Santi. IIRC the MM was given outline approval for two LHDs, but there's been talk of two smaller ships instead of a second.one.
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