Israel, Greece Conduct Joint Naval Exercise in Mediterranean, Increasing Tensions with Turkey (JEWISH PRESS) By: Solomon Burke 04/01/12)
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Israel and Greece are currently conducting a joint naval exercise in
the Mediterraean, in yet another manifestation of both the growing
friendship between the two countries and the intensifying discord
between Israel and Turkey.
The drill, called “Noble Dina”, will continue through April 5, and
will also include the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It is aimed at simulating
submarine combat, airborne dogfights, as well as coordinating the
defense of offshore natural gas platforms.
This is the first joint naval exercise Israel has conducted in the
Mediterranean in two years. Turkey, Greece’s longtime regional rival,
severed military cooperation with Israel two years ago, in the wake
of the IDF’s raid on the Turkish flotilla Mavi Marmara, which left
nine Turkish nationals dead. Up till that point, Israel, the U.S.,
and Turkey had been conducting similar annual drills in the
The exercise, first reported by Greek media outlets, was planned
months in advance. But in Greece, Turkey’s withdrawal from high-level
military cooperation with Israel is seen as a strategic opportunity –
not only to increase military cooperation with the U.S. and Israel,
but also to do so at Turkey’s expense.
The war games simulation reportedly casts as the ‘enemy’ a force with
similar capabilities to those of Turkey. Turkey has recently warned
Greece against drilling at offshore natural gas sites near Cyprus,
and contests Greece’s claims of sovereignty over them.
The exercise comes 10 days after Israel procured another dolphin
submarine from Germany, increasing its fleet to six. Dolphin
submarines are capable of launching nuclear payloads, and are
therefore crucial to solidifying Israel’s “second-strike”
capabilities. (© 2012 JewishPress. 04/01/12)
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