Aeronautical Exercises of the National Guard with Italian and German Warships
On December 19th, 2019, a Maritime Cooperation Exercise (PASSEX) between Cyprus and Italy, codenamed 'CY/IT - 2/2019', was conducted in a maritime area located in the south of Cyprus within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus.
In the exercise took part the Italian frigate "ITS ZEFFIRO", MAESTRALE class, with its helicopter, as well as the FPB "TSOMAKIS" of the Navy Command of the National Guard.
The program included formations and advanced maneuvers between the Warships, asymmetric threat and communication training as well as helicopter cooperation exercises.
On the same day, another exercise codenamed SAREX "CYDEU 04/2019" was conducted in an adjacent area with the participation of the German Corvette "FGS LUDWIGSHAFEN AM RHEIN" and an AW-139 helicopter of the 460 Search and Rescue Squadron of the National Guard’s Air Force Command.