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Egyptian, Spanish navies conduct joint exercise in Red Sea

The passing exercise (PASSEX) is the second joint naval exercise with the Spanish navy within a shortened time frame, as the Spanish Navy has a profound knowledge and vast experiences in the field.

Cairo, Feb 21: Egyptian and Spanish naval forces held joint military drills in the Red Sea under the Egypt’s General Command of the Armed Forces plan to advance training levels and deepen the exchange of expertise with the armed forces with brotherly and friendly countries.

The Egyptian and Spanish navies conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) within the area of responsibility of the Southern Fleet in the Red Sea. The PASSEX encompassed the Egyptian frigate (Sharm El-Sheikh) along with the Spanish frigate (ESPS Reina Sofia).

The joint exercise is the second in recent days, after the two navies held similar drills on February 14 also in the Red Sea.

The training involved various activities, including carrying out sailing formations, surveillance of suspected ships, night transportation, helicopter landing on helidecks of marine units and more, according to the statement.

The passing exercise (PASSEX) is the second joint naval exercise with the Spanish navy within a shortened time frame, as the Spanish Navy has a profound knowledge and vast experiences in the field.

The Egyptian military highlighted the importance of the joint drills “in consolidating Egyptian-Spanish bilateral relations and enhancing the horizons of military cooperation between the two countries, which contributes effectively to maintaining maritime security and stability in the region.”

In July 2019, it carried out the Eagle Salute maneuvers with the navies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

In September 2019, Red Wave drill with the Royal Saudi Navy and the forces of some other countries bordering the Red Sea.

In November 2020, the Egyptian Army carried out a joint ground and air exercise dubbed Saif Al-Arab with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Sudan. While also carried out the joint air training exercise Nile Eagles-1 with Sudan.

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