Between June 6 and June 14, the Russian and the Egyptian Navies will coordinate their efforts in their first joint naval exercises.
Exercise Bridge of Friendship 2015 is an important step toward military cooperation between Russia and Egypt. Both countries signed a protocol on military cooperation on March 4, 2015.
“The sides discussed the results of the military and technical cooperation in 2014 and outlined priority prospects of cooperation in this sphere for 2015,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said.
Exercise Bridge of Friendship 2015 will mainly focus on the protection of sea routes from different threats.
TASS.ru reported that Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov is convinced this exercises will increase cooperation between both Navies.
Russian-Egyptian naval exercises will become an important step for increasing mutual understanding and enhancing confidence, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Monday.
Chirkov sent a telegram to the participants ahead of the June 6-15 drills.
“This exercise will become an important practical step in the sphere of common efforts on strengthening measures of mutual understanding and trust between Russia’s Navy and the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” the telegram says.
The Russian Navy will contribute five ships for the eight-days exercise.
- Missile cruiser Moskva, with Ka-27 helicopters
- Corvette Samum
- Landing ship Alexander Shabalin
- Tanker Ivan Bubnov
- Tugboat MB-31
The Egyptian Navy will also contribute six ships and two fighter aircraft.
- Frigate Taba
- Frigate Damiyat
- Tanker Shatalin
- Two patrol boats
- Two F-16 fighter aircraft
The united control center of the Egyptian Navy will be based in the port of Alexandria and the Moskva missile cruiser will act as the flagship of the command.
The new cooperation between Russia and Egypt will most likely enable both countries to conduct naval operations abroad. The Russian and the Egyptian Navy will benefit from having the ability to dock in each other’s port.
This would also enable Russia to carry operations in the Red Sea and will greatly reduce the sailing time to the Gulf of Aden. The Russian warships will have the ability to dock at Egyptians port to bring goods on board, enabling them to carry longer periods at sea.
All in all, I believe that a stronger military cooperation between Russia and Egypt will greatly benefit both nations.