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Greek-American naval and air forces hold joint aeronautical exercise in South of Crete


On Monday, August 24, 2020, in the framework of the ongoing military cooperation between Greece and the United States of America, a joint aeronautical exercise was held with the participation of means and personnel of the two countries, in the sea area south of Crete.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Greek-American naval and air forces hold joint aeronautical exercise in South of Crete. (Picture source: General Staff of National Defense Defense (GEETHA))


The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) on Tuesday published photographic and video footage from a Greek-American naval and air force exercise that took place south of Crete on Monday.

The exercise was attended by frigate (F/G) AEGEAN, submarine Type 214 as well as six F-16 fighter jets, along with American destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, and navy helicopters from both sides.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Greek-American naval and air forces hold joint aeronautical exercise in South of Crete. (Picture source: General Staff of National Defense Defense (GEETHA))


According to GEETHA, the exercise included initiatives for joint operational planning, defense, communications and information sharing, and “actively demonstrates the strong long-standing ties between the two countries.”

In its announcement, it added that the exercise helped strengthen the “level of preparedness, engagement capability and cooperation” of the two sides.

The drills took place amid rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Turkey over resource claims.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Greek-American naval and air forces hold joint aeronautical exercise in South of Crete. (Picture source: General Staff of National Defense Defense (GEETHA))