Multinational training exercise gets underway in Eastern Mediterranean

The exercise has been held since 2017 in the framework of trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. This year, the exercise includes forces from France and the United Arab Emirates

Photo: Cyprus Ministry of Defence

The aeronautical training exercise Medusa 2020, which brings together forces from five countries, got underway on Monday. According to the Cyprus News Agency, the country's Defense Ministry said the exercise will take place in three phases dealing with search and rescue, cyber war, surface drills and marine formations. Medusa 2020 is to be conducted until December 6 in the broader region of Alexandria, Egypt, within the Cairo Flight Information Region (FIR). Navy, air and special operations units will take part in the exercise.

The exercise has been held since 2017 in the framework of trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. This year, for the first time, this cooperation will be enhanced with the participation of forces from France and the United Arab Emirates. Medusa 2020 was scheduled to take place this summer, but was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The participation by Cyprus includes its offshore patrol vessel Andreas Ioannides and a military liaison officer in the joint military staff for coordination of the drill.