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Apr 4 2022

Allied fighters increase combat readiness during Exercise Iniochos 22

RAMSTEIN, Germany – Allied Air Forces along with regional partners have come together at Andravida Air Base, Greece for the annual Hellenic Air Force led exercise Iniochos 22, between March 28 and April 8.

Over the two-week period, Allied fighter jets and support aircraft from France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and the United States have been taking to the skies over Greece and the Mediterranean where they fly increasingly complex missions, specially designed to enhance interoperability and increase combat readiness.

We focus on Air superiority and interoperability with the Hellenic wings at the epicentre, contributing to regional security and stability

"For 10 days, Greece will be attracting the global military aviation interest by conducting one of the most demanding exercises, Iniochos 22, which combined with the multinational Special Operations Exercise Orion-22 sends a strong message of deterrence," said General Konstantinos Floros, Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff. "We focus on Air superiority and interoperability with the Hellenic wings at the epicentre, contributing to regional security and stability," he added.

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The annual live-fly training exercise includes the full spectrum of missions that sees crews operating in a complex and congested air environment. One of the Participates are the French Rafale. Photo courtesy Hellenic Air Force
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The 48 FW will participate in INIOCHOS 22, a Hellenic air force-led exercise designed to enhance the interoperability and skills of allied and partner air forces in the accomplishment of joint operations and air defenses. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow

The exercise will also work to enhance multi-domain operations in support of land and maritime forces. Participants will train alongside the ships and aircraft that are operating from the French and the US Navy Carrier Strike Groups currently deployed in the Ionian and the Aegean Sea. Enhancing the Alliance's ability to mount a credible multi-domain response is now more important than ever in the current challenging security environment faced on NATO's eastern flank.

The annual live-fly training exercise includes the full spectrum of missions that sees crews operating in a complex and congested air environment. These include Air operations against an Integrated Air Defence System, Anti-Surface Warfare and Combat Search and Rescue. Participating personnel are exposed to an intensive battle rhythm with challenging scenarios with multiple modern threats and real-time live injects which improve interoperability, while building a stronger and more agile Alliance.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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