A message of power from Athens: Israel’s military alliances and high schools south of Crete

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Athens ready for any eventuality – Israel reserves 2 areas south of Crete for military training – Co-training of Greeks with a French frigate

With Turkey having announced the commencement of work on the drilling rig “Amdul Hamid Khan” on August 9, Greece is continuously strengthening its military alliances by sending messages of determination and strength with eyes turning to the Israeli Military Exercise in the South of Crete.

The drilling rig “Amdul Hamid Khan” is still stationary outside the port of Mersin.

In the event that Turkey carries out its threats and leads the ship into areas of Greek interests, one of the reaction plans that Athens has is to organize exercises, as happened in 2020, with allied forces. In fact, it is indicative that these days and until August 5, 2 areas south of Crete have been reserved from Heraklion in order for the Israeli navy to carry out an exercise which could possibly be reinforced with the participation of Greek units. It is quite significant that Israel requested the intervention of Greece in order to bind those areas south of Crete where the Turkish-Libyan memorandum is theoretically located.

At the same time, an ADEX (Air Defense Exercise) joint training of two F-16 Block 52+ fighter aircraft of the Air Force with the French frigate “FS Provence” was conducted on July 29, in the wider maritime area southeast of Karpathos.

As announced, air defense scenarios were conducted, which contributed to advancing the level of operational readiness, combat capability and cooperation of the participants in a bilateral and allied context.

The joint training is part of the implementation of the “Guidelines for the Upgrading of Greek-French Military Cooperation” signed by the head of the Greek Armed Forces, General Konstantinos Floros, and the Chief of the French Defense Staff, General Thierry Burkhard.

Exercise in the Aegean

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