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Egypt participates in six-nation 'Red Wave 2' naval drills in Saudi Arabia

The drills started six days ago in Saudi Arabia and included as participants naval and special forces from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Djibouti, Sudan and Yemen.

Ahmed Eleiba , Saturday 28 Sep 2019
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Egyptian naval forces Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled and Saudi armed forces commander-in-chief General Fayyadh Al Ruwaili and other commanders from the countries participating in the drills in Saudi Arabia (Photo: Egyptian armed forces)
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Multilateral naval drills "Red Wave 2" concluded in Saudi territorial waters on Saturday, Egypt's Armed Forces announced.

The drills, which started six days ago in Saudi Arabia, included as participants naval and special forces from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Djibouti, Sudan and Yemen.

The drills included forming sailing formations for offensive and defensive purposes, addressing speedboat attacks, live fire training, repelling hostile air attacks, and bolstering inspection capacities.

The final phase of the training included a demonstration of a coastal island storming under the cover of air force elements that carried out the pre-fire offensive and provided air assistance through reconnaissance of the island's coast and the implementation of airborne embarking of naval special forces elements on the surface of the island by helicopters of various types.

In addition, the drills included training on the attack of speed boats and drones using jamming and electronic warfare systems, training in search and rescue work, implementation of the exercise of the right of visit and inspection of suspicious vessels, training in fuel supply work, and the protection of a ship with an important cargo.

Egyptian naval special forces and frogmen units carried out a demonstration on coastline reconnaissance, opening gaps to secure landing areas for attacking forces, rapid landing by aircraft, launching attacks on naval units within ports, and defending coasts.

The final stage of the drills was attended by the Commander of the Egyptian naval forces Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled and Saudi armed forces commander-in-chief General Fayyadh Al-Ruwaili.

According to the statement, the "Red Wave 2" drills aimed to strengthen the maritime security of countries on the Red Sea, enhance military cooperation, and exchange combat experience.

The "Red Wave 1" drills were conducted in Saudi Arabia in December 2018.

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