Israel, Greece Conduct Joint Military Exercise

According to the report, the Greek Air Force said that, as part of the exercise, F16i fighter pilots from both armies practiced dogfights, bomb raids and long term aerial refueling.

As Israel’s relations with Turkey cooled over the past few years – its relationship with Greece, including security cooperation, has warmed up. In July, the Commander of the Greek Navy, Vice Admiral Kosmas Christidis, made his first visit to Israel.

Israeli, Greek and American aircraft held a joint drill in April of this year, reportedly in preparation for a possible war over Israel’s huge off-shore gas discoveries.

Last year, Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed a security cooperation agreement with the Greek Defense Minister.

The joint Israel-Greek exercise took place as Austere Challenge 12, the IDF’s joint exercise with the U.S. Army, got underway. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Israel on Sunday to observe the drill.

Full article: Israel, Greece Conduct Joint Military Exercise (Arutz Sheva 7)

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