Completion of the Interbranch Allied Action “NEPTUNE STRIKE 23-2”

The Interdisciplinary Allied Action named “NEPTUNE STRIKE 23-2”, which took place in the wider maritime area of ​​the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Southeast Mediterranean, as well as in areas of mainland Greece, was completed on Friday, July 14, 2023, with the participation Land, Naval and Air Forces, as well as Special Operations Forces (SOF) of NATO, under the Command and Control of the Headquarters of the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (NATO – STRIKFORNATO).

The participation in “NEPTUNE STRIKE 23-2” is part of the wider planning of GEETHA in terms of the international collaborations of the Armed Forces which consistently support and highlight the stabilizing role of Greece in the wider region, and is a continuation of “NEPTUNE STRIKE 23 -1” (press here) contributing to strengthening synergy and interoperability, as well as increasing the combat capability of participants at the Allied level.

The Action was implemented from Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2023 and aimed to conduct and control the procedures for the smooth transfer of authority (Transfer of Authority – ToA) from the Commander of the US European Command (USEUCOM) to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). , and then to the STRIKFORNATO Commander of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG-12), which includes the USS GERALD R. FORD (GRF) Aircraft Carrier with its integral Aircraft (A/F) and escort ships.

The Armed Forces participated in “NEPTUNE STRIKE 23-2” with the 2nd ACE (Aeronautical Control of Air Defense Means – Aerial Image Synthesis and Production Center) in Parnitha, for the coordination of air defense operations and the guidance of A/F in the exercise areas, with 10 sorties of F-16 Fighters, with the Frigate (F/C) LIMNOS, as well as with 1 Officer in charge of the Action’s conduct staff.

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Overall and during its duration, the Armed Forces participated in the following complex operational scenarios:

  • Air attack objects (Air Defense Exercise – ADEX).
  • Close Air Support (CAS).
  • Offensive Counter Air Operations (OCA).
  • Defensive Air Operations (Defensive Counter Air – DCA).
  • Terminal guidance of fire by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) to attack targets.

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