Turkey to conduct large-scale naval exercises in the Aegean Sea

Turkish authorities reported that naval forces will carry out large-scale military exercises in the Aegean Sea between February 25 and March 7.

The maneuvers, under the name Patria Azul 2021, will include 87 warships, 27 aircraft and some twenty helicopters and drones, the Defense Ministry indicated.

Likewise, the Truca Air Force units, the Coast Guard Command and the Gendarmerie General will also be part of the exercises, the objective of which is to assess the capacity and readiness of the Turkish navy units.

The maneuvers will include mock attacks and clashes in a scenario that will try to simulate real operational conditions, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, some 20,000 US military personnel will arrive at the port of Alexandroupolis to carry out the Defend Europe 21 maneuver within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

This exercise is based on scenarios involving the Russian threat in central and eastern Europe, and will be carried out in Greece, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro and Poland, among other countries.

Greece was included this year for the first time.

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