Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Italian Sailors Make History on Kearsarge

Italian Sailors Make History on Kearsarge

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) had eight sailors from the Italian Marina Militare set sail with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) March 11.

The Italian team is accompanying their AV-8B Harrier II to Italy after completing a scheduled Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.

"This is the first time one of the jets [turned in for maintenance] has been delivered from the States to Italy," said Italian Lt. Domenico Iovino, the pilot who will fly the jet off of Kearsarge. "We are the premiere crew, and I was excited about this mission because the first two Italian jets that were delivered to the United States were flown by U.S. Marine pilots."

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