Egypt's navy, air forces land in Greece for joint training

Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Nov 2018

File Photo: One of the warships participating in the joint Egypt-Creece-Cyprus drill. (Photo:Egyptian armed forces)

Egyptian naval and air forces arrived in Greece on Saturday to participate in the joint military training operation Medusa 7, which will be held on the west side of the Greek island of Crete.

In an official statement, Egyptian armed forces spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said the joint drills will include planning and administering joint naval and air offensive operations, maritime interception, identifying submarines, securing oil platforms and vital targets in the sea, as well as inspecting suspicious ships, and search and rescue procedures.

The joint drills, which will also include members of the army’s special forces, will also see a role by combat aircraft training on defense, and joint offensives on hostile targets.

The special forces units participating will execute trainings related to amphibious landing exercises on the coast.

Medusa 7 will witness the participation of Egyptian naval forces college students within their overseas training programmes, as well as the attendance of a number of youths from the country’s presidential leadership programme. 

The training comes under the Egyptian army’s plan for joint training with allied countries to boost military cooperation and an exchange of training experiences across different fields.

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