The Egyptian army yesterday announced the launch of joint maritime exercises with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Egypt’s eastern Red Sea territorial waters. The training comes as part of the two countries’ efforts to enhance the skills of their troops.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence, the joint military drill will last “several” days.
The drill, dubbed “Khalifa 3”, sees the participation of “naval and air forces” from both countries.
The military manoeuvre, the ministry explained, covers key training activities on protecting maritime transport, managing combat operations and inspecting suspected vessels.
“A naval ocean-going frigate, a naval vessel, a number of missile boats, a mine launcher, as well as a number of UAE naval vessels are being used in the joint training,” the ministry noted.
In recent years, Egypt has carried out several joint military exercises with the UAE, most recently the “Zayed 2” military exercise in March 2017, held in the Emirates.