Russia and Egypt have begun joint naval drills that will take place in the Black Sea for the first time ever . The Press Office of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet announced in an official statement that delegations of the Russian and the Egyptian navies had held a three-day conference to prepare for the joint exercise “Bridge of Friendship -2020,” which will be held in the Black Sea until November 24.
“The drills aim to strengthen and develop military cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian Navies in the interests of security and stability at sea, and to exchange experience between the personnel in thwarting various threats in the areas of intensive shipping,” the statement reads.
Due to the storm, the training are currently taking place on the shore. Joint sniper exercises took place in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. On November 21, warships of the two countries will start the naval part of the drills.
During the exercise, warships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Egyptian Navy will practice measures with the support of aircraft to defend sea lanes against various threats. Naval forces will be also deployed to organize communications and resupply at sea.
Russian and Egyptian naval sailors will also practice different protection and defense tactics under the command of the drills’ joint headquarters. The forces will also carry out missile and artillery firings.
A spokesman for the Egyptian military, Bridger General Tamer Rifai, said Egyptian vessels and units, which will take part in the drills, arrived at Russia’s Novorossiysk seaport two days ago after departing a naval base in Alexandria.
According to the spokesman, the drills are meant “to enhance the prospects for military cooperation” between Egypt and Russia.
On November 15, Egyptian corvette ”El-Fateh”, frigate ”Alexandria” and missile boat ”M. Fakhmi” were spotted crossing the Bosphorus strait.
Both the Russian and Egyptian navies are facing serious maritime challenges, especially in Eastern Mediterranean. The joint drills will further improve cooperation between the two capable naval forces. They seem to be a signal for Turkey that has significantly increase its influence in the region.
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