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Greek frigate runs aground in large military drill04 October 2019

Greek army conducts large scale military exercise near Turkish border with participation of its prime minister

Fatih Hafız Mehmet  

A Greek frigate ran aground during a large-scale military exercise in the northeast Aegean Sea early Friday, according to local media. 

The Greek frigate Elli was carrying out a landing operation exercise on Samothraki Island's coast, however, around 3:30 a.m. (0030GMT) it ran aground off the coast of the island, daily Ta Nea reported.

Because of the incident, the nautical part of the exercise was cancelled and the frigate was refloated more than three hours later, Ethnos newspaper reported.

No casualties were reported and the exercise resumed.

For the first time in recent years, the military exercise Parmenion was open to journalists and officials with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also participating.

The exercise near the Turkish border in Western Thrace region of Greece was planned to send a "loud" message to Ankara; however, the incident came as a huge embarrassment for the army, according to Greek media reports.

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