ITS Libeccio: The Italian Frigate conducted PASSEX exercise with Greek Frigate HYDRA

In the sea area southwest of Crete on Saturday, June 18, 2022, a joint PASSEX (Passing Exercise) training of the Greek Frigate HYDRA and the Italian Frigate ITS LIBECCIO took place.

ITS Libeccio: The Italian Frigate conducted PASSEX exercise with Greek Frigate HYDRA
PHOTO: HNDGS Hellenic National Defence General Staff

During the PASSEX exercise with ITS Libeccio, various activities took place, including tactical image exchanges, targeting, communications, cyber warfare and progressive maneuvers.

ITS Libeccio: The Italian Frigate conducted PASSEX exercise with Greek Frigate HYDRA
PHOTO: HNDGS Hellenic National Defence General Staff

According to Hellenic National Defence General Staff , this ” joint exercise contributed to the promotion of the level of operational readiness, combat capability and cooperation of the participants in an allied context”.

The ITS LIBECCIO frigate is a Maestrale-class frigate and has increased anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, without this meaning that it cannot participate in different types of naval operations when necessary.

ITS Libeccio: The Italian Frigate conducted PASSEX exercise with Greek Frigate HYDRA

At the beginning of 1982, the first of these ships was put into active service and during the next three years, the remaining frigates of this class also entered in active service of the Italian Navy.

All Maestrale frigates are expected to be replaced by the new Bergamini class frigates (also known as FREMM) and there are currently only 3 in active service out of the 8 that were built.

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