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US Military Bases in Italy

There is a small number of US military bases in Italy, but each installation plays an essential role both for the United States and for US allies.

Italy currently has 1 Air Force Base, 3 Army Bases, and 2 Navy Bases. These bases range in history with founding dates between 1911 and 2013, as well as purpose with missions that include combat, airborne, support, engineering, and more.

Each of the US military bases in Italy is outlined below.

If you’d like to learn more about any specific base, follow the link to its official site (also provided below).

US Air Force Bases in Italy

Aviano Air Force Base

Location: Aviano, Italy

aviano us air force base in italy
Image: Af.mil

In Use: 1911- Present (Italy), 1954- Present (US)

Overall Mission: This base’s main unit is a Fighter Wing with all other units serving as their support.

Their mission is to “prepare, sustain, and deploy” combat-ready teams.

As an international base, they also strengthen NATO, deter and defend against enemies, and secure the US homeland.

Units Stationed:

  • 31st Fighter Wing, Operations Group, Maintenance Group, Mission Support Group, and Medical Group

Official Site: https://www.aviano.af.mil/

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US Army Bases in Italy

Camp Darby

Location: Between the cities of Livorno and Pisa, Italy

camp darby in italy
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1952- Present

Overall Mission: This is a small support base that works in the field of Logistics.

They store and maintain weapons and vehicles for US military forces, and move them when they’re needed for combat or other essential missions.

Units Stationed:

  • 7656th Logistical Command
  • 7617th US Forces Austria Support Command
  • USA Logistical Command
  • 8th Support Group
  • Area Support Team- Livorno

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/italy/index.php/my-garrison-Italy/pcsguidedarby/living-darby/about-darby

Caserma Del Din

Location: Vicenza, Italy

caserma del din
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 2013- Present

Overall Mission: This is a newer base that was built in 2013 to consolidate the forces of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

Their mission is to gain “peace through strength.”

It’s also an energy and environmentally friendly base, and it keeps Italian ally relationships a main priority.

Units Stationed:

  • 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne)
  • 509th Signal Battalion
  • US Army Africa
  • US Army Italy Garrison

Official Site: https://www.army.mil/article/106769/new_installation_opens_in_italy

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Caserma Ederle

Location: Vicenza, Italy

caserma ederle us army base in italy
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1951- Present

Overall Mission: This base is nearby Caserma Del Din, and they serve similar purposes.

Caserma Ederle is a joint base, however, with US Army units and Italian forces serving together.

This base is home to Airborne, combat-ready troops as well as the command in charge of all US Army installations.

Units Stationed:

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • US Army Installation Management Command

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/italy/index.php/about/Garrison

US Navy Bases in Italy

Naval Air Station Sigonella

Location: Sigonella, Italy

naval air station sigonella
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1957- Present

Overall Mission: This base near the Mediterranean Sea is considered the Navy’s “Hub of the Med.”

It’s home to Italian forces as well as over 32 US commands and activities, so its missions vary greatly based on the team completing them.

Some of their focuses include Force Protection, Warfighter Support, Resource Management, Quality of Life, Sailor and Civilian Development, and International Relations.

Units Stationed:

  • Armed Forces Network
  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment
  • Naval Hospital
  • Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station
  • Commander Task Force 67
  • NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafcent/installations/nas_sigonella.html

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Naval Support Activities Naples

Location: Naples, Italy

nsa naples italy
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1951- Present

Overall Mission: This is a large Navy base in Italy with over 50 different commands.

It has a convenient location near the Naples International Airport for potential air missions.

As its name suggests, it mainly focuses on support through various activities including Medical, Engineering, Communications, and more.

Units Stationed:

  • Gaeta (N01G)
  • AFN Naples
  • Navy Reserve
  • Navy Exchange
  • CNE-CNA-CF6
  • NCTS Naples
  • NAVFAC Naval Facilities Engineering
  • US Navy Hospital Naples
  • Navy College

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafcent/installations/nsa_naples.html

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