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The joint naval exercise Reliant Mermaid will be held for the 10th time this year. The fate of this exercise seemed to be in jeopardy when political relation between Turkey and Israel, the main participants of this exercise were in low ebb. But since April it was clear that despite the political storm this exercise was going to be executed as planned.

Elements of Israeli, Turkish, United States Naval and Air Forces will participate in the exercise which will be conducted between 17-21 August 2009. Turkey is the host country of the event and the exercise will take place in the Turkish Search and Rescue area in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The objective of this exercise is to practice coordinated emergency search and rescue procedures and measures for safety of life at sea.

The exercise will be conducted by 8 ships, 4 helicopters and 3 search and rescue aircraft of all the three countries. The order of battle is not clear at this time.

According to news a Press Conference will be held on 18 August 2009 at Aksaz/Marmaris Naval Base. The live phase of the exercise will begin on 19 August 2009 and media presence will be made available.

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