Air and naval forces from Greece, the US, Israel and Cyprus began a large military drill in the eastern Meditterean on Wednesday.
The exercise, named “Noble Dina 2023“, is an annual event that this year focuses on training the participating forces in complex operational scenarios in a multi-threat environment, with an emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and search and rescue operations.
It also aims to increase interoperability and strengthen the forces’ deterrence capability.
Forces from France and Italy, as well as personnel from Germany, will also participate in the exercise, which will last until March 30.
Greece participates with 1 Frigate, 1 Fast Guided Missile Patrol vessel, 1 Submarine, 2 F-16 Fighter Aircraft, and 1 Naval Operations Aircraft.
The exercise is another sign of the growing military cooperation between the participating nations.
Greece and Israel conduct regular military drills
In particular, Greece and Israel are regularly conducting drills. Last July Greek and Israeli air forces conducted a joint training exercise in Israel.
Jet fighters took part in advanced air battles and refueling of Greek fighter jets, among other maneuvers, the Jerusalem Post reported.
In April 2022 special forces units from Greece, the US, and Israel were among others participating in the “Orion 22” exercise near Athens.
Personnel from the armed forces of Bulgaria, France, and Cyprus also participated in the drill. Representatives from Egypt, Austria, and Montenegro were observers.