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Western forces build up in Greece

27 March 2022 Air forces from nine countries, including the US, France, and Israel will take part in the annual Iniochos exercise in Greece, simulating airstrikes, evading air defenses, and search and rescue ops. In the exercise which will begin on March 28 and is scheduled to last through April 8 air forces from Canada, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Austria will also participate. Egypt, Albania, Austria, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, India, Kuwait, Croatia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia will be sending observers. According to the Hellenic Air Force, the exercise is meant to simulate a variety of scenarios, including evading attacks from surface-to-air missiles, strikes on land-based targets, search and rescue, and protecting or attacking an airborne target. Dozens of planes from each country are participating in the exercise, which is being held largely along the Greek coast and over the Mediterranean. The drill also takes place while US and French naval forces, led by two aircraft carriers, have been deployed in the Aegean off Greece. The USS Harry Truman and the French ship Charles de Gaulle. Last week the U.S. con-firmed it is also sending a number of KC- 135 tankers to Greece. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby explained that the tankers would “provide additional aerial refueling support to the commander of U.S. European Command.” The presence of range-extending tankers means that U.S. and NATO attack aircraft would not need to be positioned further than Germany to operate in Ukrainian airspace. "This would make enemy forces operating in Eastern Europe much more vulnerable to U.S. and NATO air attacks, should that somehow become necessary, it adds.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Western forces build up in Greece

27 March 2022 Air forces from nine countries, including the US, France, and Israel will take part in the annual Iniochos exercise in Greece, simulating airstrikes, evading air defenses, and search and rescue ops. In the exercise which will begin on March 28 and is scheduled to last through April 8 air forces from Canada, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Austria will also participate. Egypt, Albania, Austria, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, India, Kuwait, Croatia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia will be sending observers. According to the Hellenic Air Force, the exercise is meant to simulate a variety of scenarios, including evading attacks from surface-to-air missiles, strikes on land-based targets, search and rescue, and protecting or attacking an airborne target. Dozens of planes from each country are participating in the exercise, which is being held largely along the Greek coast and over the Mediterranean. The drill also takes place while US and French naval forces, led by two aircraft carriers, have been deployed in the Aegean off Greece. The USS Harry Truman and the French ship Charles de Gaulle. Last week the U.S. con-firmed it is also sending a number of KC-135 tankers to Greece. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby explained that the tankers would “provide additional aerial refueling support to the commander of U.S. European Command.” The presence of range-extending tankers means that U.S. and NATO attack aircraft would not need to be positioned further than Germany to operate in Ukrainian airspace. "This would make enemy forces operating in Eastern Europe much more vulnerable to U.S. and NATO air attacks, should that somehow become necessary, it adds.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia