Joint Greek-Australian Naval Exercises to Mark Anzac Centenary

HMAS SuccessGreek Navy warship “Kountouriotis” and Royal Australian Navy ships “HMAS Success” and “HMAS Anzac” will carry out joint naval exercises in April and May to commemorate the Anzac centenary, marking the 100th anniversary since Australian and New Zealand forces participated in World War I and the Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915.

The “HMAS Anzac” crew will observe exercises carried out at Souda base in Crete, Greece, on Monday and also participate in another exercise taking place in the southwestern Aegean on May 5.

In order to mark the centenary and the special role that the island of Limnos played in these events, “HMAS Success” will take part in memorial ceremonies in Limnos and Athens. The ship has a crew of 235 and has been in a mission in the Middle East since December. It will be open to the public on April 24 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Anzac Day is observed on April 25 each year, to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

(source: ana-mpa)