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NATO task group under Greek-led flagship joins drills with Israeli Navy.

| 2021

According to information published by NATO on November 17, 2021, NATO's Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) current task group under Greek-led flagship, visited Haifa and exercised with the Israeli Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Bulgarian Navy frigate Drazki and Hellenic Navy frigate HS Spetsai (Picture source: NATO)

Hellenic Navy frigate HS Spetsai and Bulgarian Navy frigate Drazki paid a visit to Haifa during their focused patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. For the fourth consecutive year, NATO's Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) exercises with the Israeli Navy to develop interoperability and to reinforce its cooperation around maritime security.

These exercises enabled to practice of several maneuvers and procedures at sea linked to the interoperability in the conduction of maritime security operations.

During the second iteration, a scenario involving simulated life-threatening accidents with crew aboard NATO ships triggered an urgent medical evacuation to a nearby hospital. This serial enabled to exercise of maritime medical support in the Eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Greek frigate Spetsai (F-453) is the second ship of the Greek Hydra frigate class. She is based on the Blohm + Voss MEKO 200 frigate class and was built by Hellenic Shipyards Co. at Skaramagas.

She is the fifth ship of the Hellenic Navy to be named after the Saronic Gulf island of Spetses. She has participated in international operations such as Enduring Freedom.

Drazki is a Wielingen-class frigate of the Bulgarian Navy. Originally constructed for the Belgian Navy as Wandelaar, the ship was acquired by the Bulgarian Navy in 2004. The frigate is currently in active service.

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