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Multinational Military Exercise Iniochos 2022 Takes Place in Greece

Military exercise IniochosThe USS Harry Truman is participating in the exercise. Credit: USS Harry Truman

Air forces from nine countries, including the US, France, and Israel are currently taking part in the annual Iniochos exercise in Greece, simulating airstrikes, evading air defenses, and search and rescue ops.

In the exercise which began on March 28 and is scheduled to last through April 8 air forces from Canada, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Austria are also participating.

Egypt, Albania, Austria, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, India, Kuwait, Croatia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia have sent observers to the drill.

Iniochos exercise “particularly important”

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt expressed “his pride” in the fact that there is the participation of so many different elements of the U.S. Armed Forces including the F-15s from Lakenheath Air Base, the F-18s flying off the Harry Truman, and an MQ-9 flying from Sigonella in Italy.

Iniochos military exercise GreeceUS Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and military leaders at the Iniochos military exercise. Credit: Twitter/Konstantinos Floros

“This is mirrored in the growing complexity of the scenarios that the Iniochos exercise is demonstrating and the unique and broad number of participants that Greece is able to attract.

Grecian Delight supports Greece

Honored to participate in #INIOCHOS22 hosted by the Hellenic Air Force 🇬🇷. Strengthening #NATO alliances with readiness, capability and integration. Allies 🇫🇷🇺🇸🇮🇹 and 🇸🇮 #WeAreNato #GiveEmHell

— USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) (@USSHARRYSTRUMAN) April 1, 2022

The exercise also features the French Rafale fighter aircraft and airborne early warning system, the Italian Tornado fighter aircraft, the Slovenian PC-9 training aircraft, and the Cypriot AW139 helicopter. Israel, for its part, sent the F-16, G550 surveillance plane, and Boeing 707 air refueler.

Analysts at the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said that Iniochos 2022 say that two elements stand out in this year’s drill.

“First, Saudi Arabia is sending observers for the first time publicly to the exercise. Second, Israel is using Inochios 2022 to rehearse some of the combat capabilities it would need to conduct strikes against Iran’s nuclear program.”

The military exercise comes amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to Channel 12 news, Israel and the other participating nations will be implementing initial lessons from the war in Europe during the exercise.

While none of the participating nations border Russia, the network said the drill would demonstrate their partnership and unity amid the possibility the war in Ukraine may spread to other countries. “It is a signal to Putin that these countries are working together to defend their sovereignty,” the report said.

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