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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — A massive U.S.-led naval exercise off the coast of Morocco this month aims to test the quick response of multinational forces and improve teamwork among allies.

The six-day exercise, dubbed Medshark/Majestic Eagle ’04, begins July 11 and includes more than 20 ships and submarines, according to a Navy news release.

Eight U.S. surface ships will participate, including two aircraft carriers, two cruisers, a destroyer and one command ship. Three U.S. submarines and two P-3 Orion patrol aircraft also will be involved. Seven U.S. Air Force aircraft tankers will provide aerial refueling.

Morocco will be host for the exercise, but Spain will provide a base in the Canary Islands and Morón Air Base in southern Spain near Seville. France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom also will be a part of the exercise. Greek military officials will serve as observers.

Vice Adm. Harry Ulrich, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Striking and Support Forces NATO, will command the multination forces.

Medshark/Majestic Eagle is the final piece of the Navy’s Summer Pulse ’04 exercise.

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