In 2005 the first Eurofighter were delivered to Grosseto, for an operational test program. To host the Eurofighter, extensive maintenance is performed on flightlines, platforms and taxiways.
The F-104's from Cervia, Grazzanise and Trappani were reassigned to Grosseto near the end of 2002. And the F-16 was introduced to these 3 bases. All Italian airworthy (T)F-104's are now located at Grosseto were the last operational (T)F-104 flight was planned for October 2003.
Despite the dawn of the Starfighter era, student F-104 pilots were until recently (and may still) get their training on the TF-104's