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AVIONEWS visited the Italian Navy's MariStaEli Base (4): 1st and 5th Helicopter Squadrons
Sarzana, Italy - The 1st was transferred to Luni from Catania in 1971
Italian Navy’s 5th Helicopter Squadron The 5th Squadron was founded in 1969 provided with two AB-47Js to provide choppers to ships located at La Spezia. The unit grow up with 17 helicopters in 1971 also including the SH-34J, mainly deployed for special operations. After taking delivery of the AB-204, the Squadron started operating the AB-212 in 1976 and they are still in service to date. 1st H...
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