Royal Saudi Naval Forces complete Medusa-11 joint naval drills

According to information published by Arab News on November 24, 2021, the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) concluded a joint exercise in the south of the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean, with the participation of a number of countries.
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Rear Admiral Mohammed Al-Gharibi, RSNF deputy commander, attended the conclusion of the exercise, on behalf of Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, the Saudi defense ministry said.

The Medusa-11 exercise included a number of naval battle maneuvers, formations, and amphibious operations, including storming coastlines, as well as an air show of combat helicopters and aircraft equipped with anti-submarine systems.

Elements from the Egyptian, Hellenic, Cypriot, and UAE Armed Forces participated in the training along with elements from the Jordanian Armed Forces as observers.

Gamal Abd El-Naser aircraft carrier (Mistral), maritime components of different types and navy seal elements, a number of multi-role fighter jets, elements from the Special Forces, and cadets from the Naval Academy participated in the training from the Egyptian side.

ENS Gamal Abdel Nasser (L1010) is an Egyptian Navy amphibious assault ship, a type of helicopter carrier, of the French-designed Mistral class.

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