CAIRO: The Egyptian-Greek naval military exercises ended Monday off the coast of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egyptian military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement.
The “2016 Alexandria” exercises, which lasted for several days, came in light of military cooperation between Cairo and Athena on exchanging military expertise, Samir added.
The military naval forces of both countries performed drills on surveillance against maritime enemies and on naval battles, Samir continued.
A number of vessels and boats from both countries participated in the exercises against hostile and piracy activities. The forces also maneuvered using air defense weapons and went on diving and rescue exercises, Samir said.
On March 15, Greek Military Chief of the Staff Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis visited Egypt and held discussions with Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi on the level of joint training. They also exchanged expertise and evaluated combat and technical abilities of the armed forces, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.
Units of Egypt’s navy and air force traveled to Greece to take part in the Medusa 2015 joint training in December 2015, MENA reported.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos visited Egypt in April 2015.