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Turkish navy concludes Eastern Mediterranean drill

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The Eastern Mediterranean-2019 Drill, an operation that was underway since Nov. 9 being carried out in coordination with 4700 military personnel and 48 vessels from 15 countries, was successfully concluded on Nov. 29.
A number of activities including advanced maneuvering drills, vertical helicopter descent, exiting harbor under asymmetric threat, air warfare defense, submarine defense, air defense fire exercises, going down a dragged channel, diving accident management, surface warfare, rescue of injured personnel from helicopters involved in in-flight accidents, earthquake drills and land shelling were practiced in the drill.
An evaluation meeting was held at the Aksaz Naval Base following a welfare procession ceremony as the vessels called at the main harbors.
The national elements of Turkey which participated in the drill included 32 vessels, maritime patrol aircraft, marine helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, amphibious marine brigades, SAT and SAS task forces, the Marine CBRN and Mobile Training forces, assault helicopters and general purpose helicopters of the Land Forces Command; tactical air support (F-16 and F-4s) from the Air Forced Command; airborne early warning and control aircraft, transportation aircraft and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense forces as well as helicopter and search and rescue units of the Gendarmerie General Command and the Coast Guard’s rescue corvette and coast guard vessels.
Organized under the administration of Turkish Naval Forces Command and launched on Nov. 9, the drill included the participation of 40 observers from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon and Qatar. Frigates and other naval crafts from Pakistan, Bulgaria, Romania, the U.S. and Jordan also participated in the Eastern Mediterranean-2019 Drill. Bulgaria’s BGS Verni, Pakistan’s PNS Alamgir and Romania’s Ros Regele Ferdinand frigates, one submarine from Italy, two marine patrol aircraft — one from Pakistan and from the USA — one marine private operations unit from Pakistan, one ship boarding team from Jordan, three health personnel from the USA and Romania as well as elements from NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) and NATO MARCOM staff were present in the drill.
Civilian and public agencies also participated in trainings held during the drill, including the ministries of Interior, Health, Commerce, Communication and Infrastructure, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the Turkish Red Crescent and Eskişehir Anadolu University.