Egyptian-Greek maritime maneuver launch from Souda Bay
official Spokesman for the Egyptian Military Mohamed Samir - Photo courtesy of military spokesperson Facebook page

CAIRO: The Alexandroupolis 2014 maritime maneuver is underway between Egypt and Greece in the latter’s territorial waters, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir stated Sunday.

The maneuver, which began from the Greek Souda Bay, implements several activities day and night as agreed by the two countries to protect their maritime range in the Mediterranean.

A number of Arab countries are partaking in the exercise in the capacity of observers. The exercises include naval interception, supply, refueling and combating submarines, smuggling, piracy and illegal immigration.

The training, which aims to secure mutual interests in the Mediterranean, is the first in a plan of joint military exercises between the two countries. Egypt hosted a presidential summit with Greece and Cyprus on Nov. 8, and announced anti-terror and economic efforts.

The announced military training in the past year has been mostly related to the navy. Egypt bought four naval frigates from France in a 1 billion euro ($1.35 billion) deal in July after a joint naval exercise in French waters in May.

In June, Egypt undertook the Eagle Salute naval exercise with the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates in the Red Sea. Egypt also carried out a naval training with Russia in the Red Sea in November 2013.

From Oct. 11 to Nov. 6, Egypt underwent an all-compassing military drill, which the military said is the largest since 1996.


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