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02 June, 2000
Everything is ready for a landing operation in the region of Kalo Nero, near Kyparissia in the Peloponnese, north of the Netha River in the early hours of Friday in the framework of NATO's Dynamic Mix exercise.
The landing force is composed of eight landing craft and 2,500 men from Greece, the United States, Spain and Turkey. Ships of NATO's permanent Mediterranean naval force (STANAVFORMED) and NATO aircraft transferred to Greek airports will back the operation.
Helicopters from a US helicopter carrier, expected to arrive in the region in the early hours of Friday, may also be used to carry forces on land.
The force of 2,500 men is composed of a battalion of Greek marines (950), a battalion of American marines (950), an enlarged company of Spanish marines (250), a company of Turkish marines (150) and a multinational artillery battery under Greek command. Tanks participating in the exercise will operate at a depth of 40 kilometers.
Source: Athens News Agency