Egyptian naval and air force units arrived in Greece this past week to take part in “Medusa 5” joint drills, MENA news agency reported.
The drills will last for several days and come within the framework of a joint training plan between the Egyptian Armed Forces and sisterly and friendly countries.
Egyptian Mistral aircraft carrier and Fremm Frigate along with Submarine (41) and war jets are taking part in the military exercises along with Greek naval units.
Earlier, Greece’s Defense Minister said plans were being drawn up for joint air force drills with Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and other European countries as part of efforts to bolster stability in the eastern Mediterranean.
Panos Kammenos’ remarks came after a military parade in the Cypriot capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the ethnically divided island’s independence, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
The parade included the overflight of a pair of Greek Air Force F-16 jets, the first showing of the Greek warplanes at the event in 16 years.
The island’s Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said there will be no let-up in efforts to reunify Cyprus, despite July’s collapse of peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots.
Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missiles were also put on the display at the parade.