US, Greece hold joint military drill in Aegean


Greece and the United States on Tuesday held a joint military drill in the Aegean.

In the statement released by the Greek general staff, it was stated that the two countries held a joint training exercise in the Aegean, and Greek head of General Staff Konstandinos Floros and U.S. Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt visited the USS Mount Whitney warship of the U.S. 6th Fleet, which participated in the exercise.

USS Mount Whitney, while in training in the Aegean Sea with Greece Armed Forces. A strategic partnership based on shared values & our common goal for stability & security.

In the statement, it was noted that communication and maneuvering exercises were carried out in the PASSEX type exercise, in which ships of the Greek naval forces and warplanes of the Greek air force also participated.

The drill comes a week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that “Greece, as a whole, has turned into a U.S. military base.”

The Turkish leader was referring to United States' numerous military installations in Greece's Alexandroupoli.