|NATO ships will patrol the non-territorial waters off the coast of Greece.|| |
July 16, 2004 (ATR) -- NATO says its entire Mediterranean naval fleet will be deployed to protect the Athens 2004 Olympics.
Flotilla commander Rear Admiral Hans Jochen Witthauer says all vessels under his command will work alongside Greek maritime forces to monitor the seas.
"The entire force is ready and will participate during the Olympic Games," Witthauer, from Germany, said after meeting with the Greek Navy on operational matters.
The Standing Naval Force Mediterranean is based in Naples, Italy, and comprises more than a dozen frigates, destroyers and other vessels.
NATO also plans to conduct surveillance flights over Greece, which asked for help from its NATO allies to expand its Olympic security.
More on the NATO role for Athens security, see the July 16 issue of Around the Rings, for subscribers only.