Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO
May 27, 2022

NATO assumes the Command and Control of ITS CAVOUR Carrier Strike Group

For the first time in NATO history, Italy transfers the authority of a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to NATO. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) will execute the command and control of the ITS CAVOUR CSG between 27-31 May 2022.

“NEPTUNE SHIELD is a great opportunity to integrate an Italian carrier strike group into Alliance operations,” said, Rear Adm. James Morley, deputy commander, STRIKFORNATO….

STRIKFORNATO is currently conducting the vigilance activity NEPTUNE SHIELD 2022 (NESH22), which integrates high-end maritime expeditionary strike capabilities of Sea, Air and Land assets. The activities take place in the Baltic, Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, from 17-31 May.

During NESH22, STRIKFORNATO conducts the handover of command and control of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Combined Task Force 61/2, which includes the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from U.S. Sixth Fleet (SIXTHFLT) to STRIKFORNATO and the wider Alliance.

The CAVOUR operates an embarked air wing with AV8B’s and F35B’s, these provided by both Italian Navy and Air Force under tactical command of the CSG.

Early this year, ITS CAVOUR CSG participated in NEPTUNE STRIKE vigilance activity that took place in the Adriatic Sea, and involved missions at sea and in the air across most of Europe, supporting both Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Brunssum.


STRIKFORNATO is Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) premier, rapidly deployable and flexible, maritime power projection Headquarters, capable of planning and executing full spectrum joint maritime operations.

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