November 23, 2020 (Google Translation) – The joint exercise “Bridge of Friendship – 2020” between the Russian Navy and the Naval Forces (Navy) of the Arab Republic of Egypt has ended at the Black Sea Fleet.
The objectives of the exercise, which took place for the first time in the Black Sea, were to strengthen and develop military cooperation between the Egyptian Navy and the Russian Navy in the interests of security and stability at sea, as well as the exchange of experience between Russian and Egyptian naval sailors in repelling various threats in areas of intensive shipping.
During the exercise, the main activities were carried out at sea in the maritime phase. Russian and Egyptian sailors worked out a set of joint exercises, including search and rescue of a drowning man, escorting behind trawls, repelling an attack by small-sized means of a simulated enemy, organizing resupply at sea by a traverse method, as well as inspection operations against suspicious vessels.
As part of the exercises on the comprehensive protection and defense of ships, joint artillery fires were successfully carried out at surface and air targets, as well as at floating mines of a simulated enemy.
The detachment of ships of the Egyptian Navy involved in the exercise the frigate Alexandria, the corvette El-Fateh and the missile boat M. Fahmi.
From the Russian side, the Black Sea Fleet forces took part in the maneuvers, including the frigate Admiral Makarov, the small missile ship Orekhovo-Zuevo, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev and the rescue tugboat Professor Nikolai Muru.
At the final summarizing conference, representatives of the joint leadership of the exercise from both sides recognized the exercise “Friendship Bridge – 2020” as valid and successful, despite difficult hydrometeological conditions.
The Russian-Egyptian doctrine “Bridge of Friendship – 2020” started on November 17. Tomorrow, November 24, a detachment of ships of the Egyptian Navy leaves the port of Novorossiysk and heads for the Black Sea straits.