Eurofighter marks 75th An­niver­sary of 36th Ital­ian Air Force Wing


On May 31, 2013, Eurofighter hon­oured the 75th An­niver­sary of the 36th Ital­ian Air Force Wing by pre­sent­ing to its X Squadron, de­clared com­bat ready on Typhoon, with a spe­cial Eurofighter Sword to a cer­e­mony at the unit’s base in Gioia Del Colle, Italy.

On be­half of the Eurofighter con­sor­tium, Mau­r­izio De Mitri, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of the Mil­i­tary Air­craft Sec­tor at Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi and Chair­man of the Su­per­vi­sory Board of Eurofighter GmbH, pre­sented the Sword to Base Com­man­der Col. Vito Cra­cas at Gioia Del Colle where the Sword will re­main as a recog­i­tion of the achieve­ments of the 36th Ital­ian Air Force Wing and the re­la­tion­ship with the Eurofighter com­mu­nity.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony, Mau­r­izio De Mitri said: “It is a great hon­our for me to hand over this Sword in recog­ni­tion of this land­mark an­niver­sary and the re­mark­able achieve­ments of the 36th Ital­ian Air Force Wing. The Eurofighter Typhoon Sword sym­bol­ises the col­lab­o­ra­tive strength and part­ner­ship in the Eurofighter com­mu­nity. It sym­bol­ises the qual­i­ties of pre­ci­sion and ex­cel­lence that we, in­dus­try, seek to em­body in the core of the weapon sys­tem, and that the Air Force has so suc­cess­fully em­ployed in op­er­a­tions.”

At the Sword Han­dover Cer­e­mony, 36th Wing Com­man­der said: “We fully ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of this hon­our as it means a great deal to all of us in Base. The Eurofighter Typhoon is at the heart of the work that we do here at Gioia Del Colle and per­forms a vi­tal role in the Ital­ian Air De­fence sys­tem. We are ex­tremely proud to be cel­e­brat­ing this 75th An­niver­sary and we look for­ward to work­ing with Eurofighter.”

The first swords were ini­tially pre­sented to the Chiefs of Air Staffs of the four part­ner na­tions: Ger­many, Italy, Spain and the United King­dom at the air­craft Type Ac­cep­tance in 2003. Ever since this event, the Swords have been pre­sented for each new squadron to sym­bol­ise the long-last­ing, suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship be­tween in­dus­try and air forces across the Eurofighter com­mu­nity.

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