THREE naval and rescue exercises are taking place off the coast of Cyprus over the next few days, involving local, regional and international forces in and around the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The defence ministry announced that the large-scale multinational search and rescue exercise ‘Nemesis’ will take place in the Cyprus EEZ for the fifth consecutive year. It will begin on Wednesday.
The purpose of the exercise is to further develop effective cooperation and coordination between all of Cyprus’ relevant services with neighbouring states for the immediate response to emergencies on merchant vessels and oil rigs as well as to other humanitarian operations in the eastern Mediterranean.
According to the defence ministry, the exercise will involve a large number of aircraft and personnel from Cyprus and foreign countries.
Nemesis will be coordinated by the Larnaca-based Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in close cooperation with the rescue coordination centres of participating countries.
According to state broadcaster CyBC, a joint exercise between Cyprus and Israel is also scheduled to take place within the coming days.
A third large-scale multinational exercise that began on Wednesday with the participation of the navies of the US, France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Greece, is currently underway south and southwest of Cyprus, reports said.
The Republic of Cyprus has issued a Navtex binding the area in question until November 20.