On 3 November, 2021 the 8th Edition of the multinational exercise “NEMESIS 2021” was conducted with the participation of eight countries – Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, United Kingdom and the USA, as well as 6 private companies which are operating in the Energy Sector.
As in previous Editions, “NEMESIS – 2021” focused on antiterrorism, Search and Rescue and antipollution operations with the aim of safeguarding economic activities in the Mediterranean region. The exercise was conducted in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus simulating the response to a terrorist attack on a platform for the exploitation of hydrocarbons. For this purpose, the “Tungsten Explorer” ship of the American Vantage Drillings Int. has been employed.
For Italy, a maritime patrol aircraft P72 of the 41° Stormo Antisom of Sigonella Base, specialized in rescue at sea operations, and a HH 139 helicopter of the 15° Stormo of the Italian Air Force, with Search and Rescue tasks, took part at the exercise under the coordination of the Joint Operations Command (COVI) of the Italian Chief of Defense Staff.
The general coordination of the exercise was under the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence, the National Guard, the Cyprus Police, the Department of Fisheries, the Ministry of Energy, the Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Deputy Ministry of Shipping.
The Minister of Defence, Charalambos Petrides, the Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, Natasa Pilides, and the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Yiannis Karousos, together with the Ambassadors and Defence Attachés of the participating States, as well as representatives of EXXONMOBIL, TOTAL, ENI and NOBLE, which are operating in Cyprus EEZ, observed the exercise’s scenario from JRCC’s premises in Larnaca.
For the press release (in English) of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus Charalambos Petrides click here.
For the press release (in English) of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), click here.