April 24, 2019 Released May 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 14 to 20 March, off the Cretan coast, the Lyre Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) participated for the third time in NATO’s “ARIADNE 19” operational exercise.
The aim of the mine warfare force was to locate pre-submerged drill mines while dealing with asymmetric and aerial threats, simulated here by the participation of two F16 aircraft belonging to the Greek Air Force.
This exercise, organized by the Greek Mine Warfare Staff, brought together eleven vessels from seven different nationalities. The force was organized around two Task Unit (TU) of mine hunters: The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCG2) under the command of the auxiliary support vessel German Werra and the Greek Task Group in which the Lyra operated . The Greek frigate Navarinon provided aerial protection for the entire group.
Once again, France’s excellence in mine warfare has been put forward by the organizers. With the highest number of mines retrieved (for the third time in three participations), the Lyre was awarded the title of “best performance” by the Greek staff organizing the exercise.