Maritime Air and Carrier Operations

The maritime domain is one of the main environments of global competition. NATO maritime operations are focusing on strengthening defence and deterrence from and through the sea. Maritime aircraft can operate independently or as an integral part of a task force in support of a maritime campaign, but can also play a significant role in the joint air campaign. On the other side, Air Forces can extend their reach and increase the flexibility of naval surface, subsurface, and aviation assets, in the control of the maritime domain.

For these synergistic effects, interoperability and integration of Air Force and Navy capabilities are essential. Among all military instruments of modern naval power, the aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing continue to have a pivotal role. It is an operationally outstanding asset, capable of being effectively integrated into a combined multinational campaign and delivering multi-domain effects.

Featured Publications

The Strategic Value of Aircraft Carriers

Are They Worth the Investment?
The political and military leaders of many seafaring nations with blue-water navies worldwide and strong maritime interests, in the effort to imagine the future of their military forces, could soon face the dilemma of whether [...]

Will the Aircraft Carrier Survive?

Future Air Threats to the Carrier (and How to Defend It)
Since the First World War, the importance of sea-based aviation has evolved, including the increasingly diverse mission sets aircraft carriers provide. Expert opinions on the future effectiveness of air power from the sea have also [...]

On Multi-Domain Operations

Is NATO Today Sufficiently ‘Joint’ to Begin Discussions Regarding Multi-Domain Command and Control?
Recently, there have been multiple think papers, studies and articles proposing a new way of viewing the future battlespace. Many of these treat the entire environment as one single domain or an integrated environment of [...]

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Andrea Magi

Subject Matter Expert 
Maritime Air and Carrier Operations

Commander Andrea Magi Joined the Italian Navy in 1990 initially as a conscript. He operated on board Italian Navy Maestrale class frigates and eventually was assigned to the 86th Squadron/30th Wing on board MPAs.  After attending the Naval Academy Officers’ course, he was again assigned on board frigates, the ITS...


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