Russian-Egyptian Naval Exercise Friendship Bridge-2021

A detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet) is completing the transition to the port of Alexandria in the Arab Republic of Egypt to participate in the joint Russian-Egyptian naval exercise “Bridge of Friendship-2021”.

The official call of the ships of the fleet into the port is scheduled for December 3. The detachment includes the frigate “Admiral Grigorovich” with a deck helicopter on board, the patrol ship “Dmitry Rogachev” and the rescue tug SB-742.

The Russian delegation led by the commander of the Novorossiysk naval base of the Black Sea Fleet, Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, has already arrived in Alexandria to complete the preparatory phase of the exercise.

During the event, held in the eastern Mediterranean in the Gulf of Alexandria region, Russian and Egyptian warships will operate under the leadership of the joint exercise headquarters, according to a single plan and will carry out training tasks to repel attacks, inspect suspicious ships, organize air defense and replenishment stocks at sea from a helicopter.

The purpose of the exercise, which will be held from 3 to 10 December, is to prepare and plan joint actions to protect limited sea areas from various threats, to conduct search and rescue operations and to search suspicious ships.

The Russian-Egyptian doctrine “Bridge of Friendship” has been held since 2015. In 2020, it took place in the Black Sea with the entry of participating ships at the port of Novorossiysk.

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