21 May, 2005
The NATO alliance carried out a successful exercise code-named "Sea Day" on Friday, 25 nautical miles north of Souda on the island of Crete.
The exercise was held with the participation of eight frigates, aircraft, helicopters, a submarine, supply ships and F-16 war-planes.
The exercise was followed by members of NATO's Defense Council, members of the military committee, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Schaefer, as well as the commander of NATO's forces in Europe, American General James Johns, from on board the frigate "Themistoklis."
Both expressed their complete satisfaction over the outcome of the exercise and praised cooperation achieved between the forces participating in it.
The American general stressed that the exercise showed the ability of NATO forces from various countries to function together and added that the use of these forces has achieved security in the region.
Source: Athens News Agency