The IONIEX-2012 joint Russo-Italian naval exercise started on Nov 5 off Italy. Russia is represented by Black Sea Fleet (BSF) destroyer Smetlivy and seagoing tug MB-304, reports BSF press secretary Capt 1 Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev.
IONIEX-2012 exercise is being held in Taranto, Italy in Nov 5-10. Italian Navy delegated frigates Aviere and Zeffiro.
According to the exercise schedule, crews are practicing joint actions in the port in Nov 5-7; sea phase of the exercise will be held in Nov 8-10 in the Ionian Sea.
Since 2004, the IONIEX exercise has become a traditional annual activity of international military cooperation between Russian and Italian navies, reports RIA Novosti.
Main purpose of the exercise is improvement of interaction in joint naval operations.