Naval Air Station Sigonella occupies a tract of land at NATO Maritime Airfield Sigonella which is operated and hosted by the Italian Air Force. The U.S. has maintained a permanent presence at the activity since 1959. NAS Sigonella provides consolidated operational command and control, administrative, logistical and advance logistical support to U.S. and other NATO forces. In the discharge of its mission, NAS Sigonella is assisted by a number of tenant organizations and support units.
The primary purpose of US Naval Air Station Sigonella is to provide consolidated operational, command and control, administrative, logistical and advanced logistical support to US and other NATO forces. NAS Sigonella is the major support element for US SIXTH Fleet Mediterranean. It is the strategic center of the Mediterranean. Recent political events in the strategic center of the Mediterranean and Near East have greatly increased operational requirements and there has been emergent mission tasking
Because of the growing commitment to supporting Sixth Fleet operations in the Mediterranean and Middle East, NAVFAC Sigonella had nearly tripled in size by 1977. The rapid growth and the station's strategic importance to the U.S. prompted officials to redesignate the facility as a naval air station in 1981.