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25 May, 2000
Operational activities of the NATO Dynamic Mix exercise, including aeronautical surface exercises, regular air support exercises for naval operations and firing and submarine warfare exercises have been completed smoothly and according to plan.
The areas where the specific exercises were carried out were the central and southern Aegean and the Ionian Sea, while aircraft from Greek, Italian and Turkish airports participated.
Participating in the exercises were one frigate from France, four frigates, four missile boats and one submarine from Greece, one cruiser, one frigate and one submarine from the US, two frigates from Spain and two frigates and one tanker from Turkey. The Permanent Mediterranean Naval Force (STANAVFORMED) also participated.
Aircraft from France, Germany, Greece, the United States, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Turkey participated in aeronautical exercises, air defense operations, bombing runs, electronic warfare and regular reconnaissance in regions of continental Greece and in committed regions in the central and southern Aegean and the Ionian Sea.
The aircraft carried out a total of 160 sorties, 83 by Greek and 77 by allied aircraft. A total of 145 aircraft are active in Greece, 66 are from Greece, 21 from the US, 12 from Spain, 12 from Turkey, 8 from Portugal and 7 from France, as well as 3 AWACS.
National Defense General Staff Chief general Manousos Paragioudakis visited NATO's Subregional Headquarters for South-Central Europe in Tyrnavos and the 7th Joint Air Operations Center in Larissa on Wednesday for briefings on the exercise.
Source: Athens News Agency