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NAPLES, Italy — NATO kicked off its annual, two-week "Noble Midas" exercise Friday, involving 3,800 military personnel, 30 ships, five submarines, and some aircraft taking part in sea-, air-, and land-based exercises in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Fifteen nations will train for a crisis-response operation scenario, according to an Allied Joint Force Command press release.

The exercise includes forces and assets provided by the 10 NATO nations of Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Belgium, Estonia, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland are participating through their contribution to NATO’s standing maritime forces or providing staff, the Allied Joint Force Command press release.

Three partner nations of Albania, Croatia and Ukraine have sent observers. The exercise is slated to last until Oct. 10.


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