In April, 1994 the Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana) received the first of the sixteen AV 8B Plus single-seat and two TAV 8B two-seater Harriers. The Harriers are based at Maristaer Grottaglie near Taranto, Italy. There are about 14 pilots assigned to the squadron that operates from the land base or onboard the light aircraft carrier GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI. The first landing of a Harrier on the Garibaldi took place in November 1994. Gruppo Aerei Imbarcati "The Wolves" the unit emblem is a ferocious wolf head.