NATO visits and trains with Egyptian navy

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NATO’s permanent Mediterranean patrol: warships, warplanes, training Egyptian, Israeli navies

NATO chief meets with Egyptian, Israeli foreign ministers at alliance headquarters

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MARCOM [NATO Allied Maritime Command] Deputy Chief of Staff Plans, Commodore Diogo Arroteia led a delegation from Allied Maritime Command, and made courtesy calls to the Egyptian Navy. Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Commander In Chief of the Egyptian Navy, received Commodore Arroteia in a very fruitful meeting. Matters of common interest were discussed, aiming to improve and reinforce cooperation. The partnership between NATO and Egypt has existed for more than 25 years through NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, established in December 1994.

The MARCOM delegation had the opportunity to visit the Alexandria naval base and was hosted by the Base Commander, Rear Admiral Ayman El Daly. Following a visit to ENS Anwar El Sadat, Egyptian Navy amphibious assault ship of the Mistral-class, the delegation presented to a wide audience of Egyptian Navy officers on NATO’s Partnerships and Operation Sea Guardian….

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In parallel with this visit, NATO’s task group led by the Greek flagship, frigate HS Spetsai supported by the Bulgarian frigate BGS Drazki, visited Alexandria and exercised with the Egyptian Navy to improve interoperability….

On completion of the port visit to Alexandria and to conclude the 6th Focused patrol of the year, the NATO task group performed a passage exercise with ENS Toshka and ENS S. Ezzat off the coast of Alexandria. Egyptian and NATO naval units practiced maneuvers and procedures,to increase crew proficiency and unit interoperability….

“This Task Group, supported by submarines and maritime patrol aircrafts has patrolled vast areas in the Eastern Mediterranean for approx. 20 days,” said Captain Panagiotis Karavas (HEL N), Task Group Commander….

Commodore Diogo Arroteia and Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled. Photo: NATO’s Allied Maritime Command.