Training with Greek Warriors
By Captain Christopher R. Davis, U.S. Navy Reserve
The Hellenic Navy's establishment of the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, Crete, represents a significant national investment by Greece and the
addition of a state-of-the-art facility to NATO's training arsenal. It is precisely the sort of partner capability lauded in the U.S. Navy's Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.
The center's mission is to conduct the combined training necessary for NATO and partner forces to improve execution of surface, subsurface, aerial surveillance, and special operations in support of sanctioned maritime interdiction operations. It accomplishes this though various programs that refine the tactical proficiency, interoperability, and command and control of participating naval units. The maritime-interdiction capability is critical to combating piracy, terrorism, and illegal trafficking that threatens our globalized world.