Russia and Egypt holding joint military exercise


Russia and Egypt are holding the Bridge of Friendship 2020 military exercise in Russia.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the exercise is being held for the first time in the Black Sea. “During the manoeuvres of ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and the Egyptian Navy, it is planned to practice all types of protection and defence of ships with the execution of firing at surface and air targets. Private exercises will be held to organise resupply at sea by traverse, to practice screening operations against suspicious ships, and to help a ship in distress to find and rescue a drowning man.”

The ships were scheduled to go to sea on 21 November. The exercise will last until 24 November.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said the coastal phase of the joint exercise is taking place in Novorossiysk.

The Egyptian Navy has contributed the frigate Alexandria, the corvette El-Fateh and the missile boat M. Fahmi.

From the Russian side, the crews of the frigate Admiral Makarov, the small missile ship Orekhovo-Zuevo, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev and the rescue tugboat Professor Nikolai Muru are involved in the exercise.

Also part of the exercise was a sniper competition, which was held in Novorossiysk at the Raevsky combat training ground.

“As part of the exchange of experience, the military personnel of the Black Sea Fleet special unit conducted a practical training session with the Egyptian navy special forces to perform shooting with Russian sniper weapons, including Dragunov SVD-S and SVD-M sniper rifles,” the Russian Ministry of Defence said.

Shooting was conducted at fixed targets that imitate the enemy’s manpower, at distances from 200, 300 and 700 meters.