The model type of the naval frigate that will be given to Egypt from Italy.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Egyptian and French naval forces carried out naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean, with the participation of the Egyptian Ghost frigate and French Ghost frigate (ACONIT).

According to the Egyptian army statement, “The training included many training activities of a professional nature focused on methods of organizing cooperation in the implementation of combat missions in the sea against hostile marine formations with the actual use of weapons in engagement with surface and air targets in addition to the implementation of confrontational battles, with the use of aircraft.”

The statement said, “The training showed the professionalism of the crews of ships in carrying out combat missions with accuracy and high efficiency, with a focus on common coordination points between all the common elements.”

It added that “these exercises are in the framework of supporting the pillars of joint cooperation between the Egyptian and French armed forces, and identifying the latest fighting systems and methods in a manner that contributes to honing skills and combat and operational experiences and supporting efforts of maritime security, stability and peace in the Mediterranean.”

These joint naval drills also come at a time when Egypt, Greece, France, and Cyprus are at odds with Turkey over the latter’s intervention in Libya and their oil exploration plans in the eastern Mediterranea,.

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Vince Dhimos
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Vince Dhimos
2020-07-25 20:31

Aren’t Sudan, UAE and Saudi also at odds with Turkey? The Libyan parliament also wants Turkey to leave.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-25 21:54

Under international law, achieving a radar lock on a navy vessel or military aircraft is a casus-belli, which means, in Latin, a de facto DECLARATION OF WAR. “amid heightened tensions with Turkey” is wrong : Turkey has declared war on France, therefore on the EU! Now France has destroyed Turkish SAM battery in Libya, will it escalate or not, I can’t tell, but according to EU constitution, any EU army has now the legitimacy to do anything it sees appropriate to deal with the Turkish threat, including the use of nuclear weapons.

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Stern Daler
2020-07-26 11:10

so according to See.News (US hosed) France does drills with Egypt. This indicates that France does not care that the US have demanded that EU countries do more about Russia, Egypt and UAE in Libya and less about NATO partner Turkey. According to Middle East Eye (UK hosted, possibly Palestinian): David Schenker, the State Department’s assistant secretary for Near East affairs, had made the remarks during a virtual think-tank event on Thursday last week. Where he demanded ‘Take a more robust role’ and hits at Europe over Libya inaction.

David
David
2020-07-28 10:42

Turkey is really the Elephant in the room here and unpredictable at that. France and Egypt etc are just acting out of unspoken suspicions, maybe preparing for a deteriorating scenario and who can blame them for that.