From Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 June 2023, the Armed Forces participated in the transnational LIVEX-CAX (Live Exercise – Computer Assisted Exercise) named “ADRION 23” organized by the Italian Navy, and held in the wider area of the Gulf of Taranto, Italy.

Another international cooperation of the Armed Forces in the context of the wider planning of the HNDGS and on the basis of the implementation of the “Adriatic and Ionian Initiative (HAI)” was completed with absolute success, contributing to the enhancement of combat capability and the improvement of interoperability between the participating naval forces of the PAI countries.

The Hellenic Armed Forces participated in “ADRION 23” with the HS Karathanasis Guided Missile Fast Patrol Boat, with personnel at the Operations Center of the Exercise on board the Italian frigate ITS GRECALE F-541, as well as with a Mobile Training Team of KENAP/NMIOTC (NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre).

In addition to the Hellenic Armed Forces, Naval Units from Albania, Italy and Croatia, as well as personnel from Montenegro and Slovenia participated.

During the exercise, complex operational objects were executed, as follows:

  • Naval advanced maneuvers.
  • Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).
  • Operational training in boarding.
  • Synthesis and exchange of tactical image, as well as communication objects.
  • Drills of Refueling at sea.
  • Surface fire drills.
  • Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS).
  • Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX).
  • Force Protection (FP).

On Friday, June 16, 2023, the Distinguished Visitors Day (DV Day) of the Exercise on board the Italian frigate ITS GREKALE F-541 took place in the port of Taranto, which was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Fleet Headquarters, Commodore George Angouras HN. During the exercise, the guests were informed about the conduct of the Exercise and toured the premises of the Operations Center.