A four-day major aeronautical exercise between Greece, Cyprus, France, and Italy, called “Eunomia 3-22,” kicked off on Monday and is set to last until Thursday, October 6th. The exercise is part of the collective military initiative “Eunomia.”
As announced by GEETHA, the exercise will be held for the third consecutive year in the Eastern Mediterranean. As with previous years, aeronautical vessels from Cyprus, France, Greece, and Italy will take part.
Eunomia as a collective commitment in implementing international law
“Eunomia” was launched in 2020 as a quadripartite initiative of Greece, Cyprus, France, and Italy in order to address the volatile situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. It refers to the collective intent and commitment of the four countries to implement and respect the international law of the sea, promote and maintain stability in the region, and ensure freedom of navigation in the the Eastern Mediterranean region.
In last year’s “Eunomia 2/2021,” Greece sent the impressive frigate “Kountouriotis” to participate with its organic helicopter and a submarine along with six F-16 BLK 52+ aircraft. An airborne early warning and control system aircraft as well as an aircraft of naval operations were also part of last year’s exercise. A Special Operations team also participated.
Aeronautical exercise’s name derived from Greek mythology
The name of the military initiative “Eunomia” is derived from ancient Greek (Εὐνομία) and can be translated as “good order”, “governance according to good laws”.
Eunomia was also the name of a goddess, daughter of Themis and Zeus. She was associated with the internal stability of a state, including the enactment of good laws and the maintenance of civil order, which is also what best represents the annual military exercise “Eunomia.”
According to GEETHA, the main operational objectives of the aeronautical exercise “Eunomia” are to advance the level of operational readiness, cooperation, and interoperability between the participating naval and air units as well as to develop their ability to conduct and coordinate aeronautical operations in the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean region.