Egypt, UAE launch joint military exercise in Red Sea

Egypt and the UAE on Tuesday (April 10th) launched a joint military training exercise off Egypt's eastern shores dubbed "Khalifa 3", Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.

Naval and air forces of the two countries are taking part in the multi-day exercise at a Red Sea base in Egyptian territorial waters, Egyptian military spokesman Col. Tamer al-Rifaie said in a statement.

The exercise aims to "boost military relations between Egypt and the UAE" and to develop the skills of commanders and officers "to maintain combat efficiency and standardise operational concepts", he said.

Egyptian naval units taking part in the drills include a frigate, a marine supply vessel, missile launches and a mine-hunter.

The two countries previously held two joint military exercises dubbed Khalifa 1 and Khalifa 2 in June 2014 and April 2016 respectively.

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