The maneuvers of mixed bilateral naval exercise “Morjan 17” between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Egyptian Naval Forces started Sunday at King Faisal Naval Base in the Western Fleet.
Commander of Saudi Arabia’s Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Yahya bin Mohammed Al-Asiri (photo), said that the exercise aims to strengthen the relations and joint cooperation, raise the level of combat readiness between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Egyptian Naval Forces, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
He noted that the exercise further aims to unify the operational concepts between the two sides to confront threats in the region, and exchange experiences in methods and ways of implementing naval tasks.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Armed Forces and the friendly US forces, with the participation of several government agencies, continue the “Prevention Shield 3” exercise, which started several days ago as part of the joint exercise plan between the two friendly countries with the aim of training and planning for crisis management resulting from weapons of mass destruction.
Official Spokesman of the exercise Colonel Badr bin Saad Al-Theban said that the first phase of the exercise was successfully carried out.
He added that the second phase of the exercise started Sunday with the implementation of a number of tasks and practical assumptions.
Colonel Al-Theban expressed his thanks to all the participants in the exercise from the friendly US forces, branches of the armed forces, the Ministry of Health, the Civil Defense and the Saudi Red Crescent for their efforts to make the exercise a success.
On Thursday, the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) and the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) concluded their Tabuk-5 maneuvers that were conducted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's northwestern region.
Tabuk-5 drill concluded its final phase in the presence of the Commander of the Northwest Region Maj. General Hussein bin Saeed Al-Qahtani and a number of senior officers from both sides.
The conclusion of the maneuvers witnessed the application of a number of military scenarios that the forces were trained on during the exercise, as the Saudi-Egyptian special forces carried out parachute landings and free-jumping using gunship helicopters to clear and storm the fortified post, and the armored mechanisms carried out support operations using live ammunition for light and heavy weapons.
It is worth mentioning that the implementation of Tabuk-5 exercise over the past days comes within the plan of joint exercises of the armed forces of both countries with the aim of unifying military concepts and exchanging training experiences.
Exercise Director Major General Khaled Mohammed Al-Khashrami said the exercise is proceeding with utmost professionalism according to plan, adding that the upcoming maneuvers will include various military and combat tactics, live ammunition, advanced warfare methods and boosting operational and military coordination for training in joint operations between the two sides.
Also last week, the Western Fleet of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces have carried out “Crossing Exercise” in the Red Sea with the French Naval Forces on 17 January 2022.
The exercise included several combat hypotheses, with the participation of various ships and naval helicopters, aimed at raising the level of combat capability of the naval forces in various naval operations