NSPA executives visit NATO AGS works in Italy

07 October 2015

Mr Doug HEINTZ, from NSPA’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Support Branch,  Airborne Surveillance Systems’ Programme, along with Mr João GONÇALVES, Senior Technical Officer from the Operational Logistics Planning and Support Programme Office and NSPA General Manager Mr Mike LYDEN recently visited NSPA works at Naval Airstation Sigonella (NASSIG) in Italy.

The primary purpose of the visit was to obtain an overview of the build-up of the NATO AGS Force in Sigonella and engage with senior staff.  In addition, the visit also provided an opportunity to brief the USN on NSPA capabilities that could be available. 

During their visit at the end of July, the group had a chance to meet with senior leadership and staff including NATO AGS Site Commander, Colonel Stefan KAUFMANN, SHAPE, Sigonella Base Commander, Colonel Vincenzo SICUSO IT-AF, and Commander, Naval Unit Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Captain Chris PARKER, USN to discuss NSPA’s Support to the NAGSF Mission and various other operational issues.  In addition to visiting the NATO AGS force, a tour of the recently developed NATO Operations Center and admin buildings under construction contract with NSPA was also provided.

Sigonella NAS is designated as the main operating base for the NATO AGS and is also host to the United States Air Force (USAF) Detachment 2 that is operating the Global Hawk Block 40 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and will be the future operating base for the United States Navy (USN) Triton programme.  Both the USAF Global HAWK Block 40 and the USN Triton share the same basic airframe with the NATO AGS.