The Egyptian Navy conducted on January 3 a large-scale exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, focusing on amphibious warfare tactics.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Defense of Egypt said that Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Gamal Abdel Nasser, Gowind-class corvettes, Perry-class frigates and 209-class diesel-electric attack submarine took part in the exercise.
Ka-52K Katran and AH-64 Apache helicopters, operating from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as F-16 fighter jets provided air support during the exercise.
Furthermore, several anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates and SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters carried out anti-submarine drills.
“The training was characterized by diversity in fighting methods with the use of all elements of the amphibious process, both in terms of planning and careful implementation of all the main branches, tactical formations and special forces, which clearly reflected the capabilities of the general leadership of the armed forces in supervising, commanding and controlling this type of complex training at the strategic and tactical level which require coordination at all levels,” Egyptian military spokesman Col. Tamer Al-Rifai said in the statement.
The large-scale exercises came amid high tension with Turkey, which reached a controversial maritime agreement with the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya on eastern Mediterranean last month.
The tension intensified earlier this week, when the Turkish parliament approved a bill allowing the deployment of forces in Libya to support the GNA. The Libyan government is now facing an attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is backed by Egypt.
The Egyptian Navy’s drills reflects Cairo’s determination to counter the growing Turkish influence in neighboring Libya and the eastern Mediterranean in general.