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Egypt carries out amphibious operation in the Mediterranean

Air forces including Kamov, Apache and Chinook helicopters as well as F-16 jets, also took part in the training activities alongside paratroopers and commandos

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jan 2020
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Amphibious drills conducted by the Egyptian armed forces in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, January 4, 2020 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesman)
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Egypt's naval forces have carried out a full amphibious operation in the Mediterranean Sea as part of training activities conducted by armed forces, the Egyptian army said in a statement on Saturday.

The drills involved Mistral helicopter carrier Gamal Abdel Nasser and its combat group, which included Gowind- and Perry-class frigates, missile launcher ship Soliman Ezzat, a German-made Type-209 submarine, in addition to a number of anti-submarine unites and special naval forces, the statement said.

Air forces, including Kamov, Apache and Chinook helicopters and F-16 jets, also took part in the training activities alongside paratroopers, commandos and a special combat group from the Northern Military Region.

A number of frigates and SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters successfully launched anti-submarine torpedoes as part of their combat missions in which they provided close and far protection for the amphibious operation against submarine threats.

"The training was characterized by diversity in fighting methods with the use of all elements of the amphibious process, both in terms of careful planning and the implementation of all main branches, tactical formations and special forces," military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Refaie said in the statement.

The training activities were attended by Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Mohamed Farid Hegazy, the Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khaled and a number of high-ranking army officers.

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Helicopters taking part in Amphibious drills conducted by the Egyptian armed forces in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, January 4, 2020 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesman)

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Amphibious drills conducted by the Egyptian armed forces in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, January 4, 2020 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesman)

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Amphibious drills conducted by the Egyptian armed forces in the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, January 4, 2020 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesman)

 

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