Largest NATO Air Exercise In History Underway

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The largest NATO air exercise in history, dubbed “Air Defender 23,” is now underway in Germany and other European countries and will run through June 23. Involving over 250 aircraft from 25 different member states, with Japan and Sweden also participating, the exercise involves over 10,000 military personnel and is intended to strengthen communications and coordination in the event of drone, cruise missile or air attacks on cities, airports, seaports or military bases in NATO territories.  Army Chief General Ingo Gerhartz of the German Air Force said that while the drill wasn’t specifically targeting “anyone,” U.S. Ambassador to Germany Amy Gutmann said, “I would be very surprised if a world leader did not take note of what this shows in terms of the spirit of this alliance, what the strength of this alliance means, and that includes Mr. Putin.”