July 19, 2012

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Israeli War Ships Conduct Live-Fire Drill Off Of Hydra Island

Israeli warships have conducted a live-ammunition exercise for the first time in the Aegean Sea, Yorgo Kırbaki of daily Hürriyet reported today.

Two Israeli warships, one a Sa'ar 5 and the other a Sa'ar 4.5, conducted firing exercises with live ammunition south of Hydra island within Greek national waters.

The Greek Navy did not take part in the drill in compliance with a moratorium it signed with Turkey. The exercise took place near the Karavia rocks off the eastern coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula, quite far from Turkish coastal border.

Greece and Turkey agreed in 1998 not to conduct military exercises in the Aegean during the summer tourism season between June 15 and Sept. 15. (submarinersworld)
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