The Hellenic Navy's regular multinational exercise codenamed "Niriis 2000" commenced in the central southern Aegean on 18 Noevember 2000 and ran to November 30. The purpose of the six-nation exercise is to advance the level of cooperation among the participating allied countries in a variety of naval operations in an environemnt of escalating intensity. Niriis 2000, with the participation of France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United States, was held under the command of the Greek fleet chief, and included tactical maneuvers on land and at sea. Italy will be participating with its frigate "ITS Sagitario", Spain with the frigate "SPS Cazadora", France with the frigate "FS Commandant Ducuing", and the US with the destroyer "USS Donald Cook" and the submarine "USS Pittsburgh". Greece took part with six frigates (Elli, Limnos, Psara, Salamis, Epirus, and Navarino 5), five missile boats (Anninos, Arliotis, Konidis, Batsis, Votsis), two submarines (Amphitriti and Nireus), and one oil tanker (Arethoussa). Fighters from the Hellenic Air Force, naval cooperation aircraft from Greece, the US and Germany, and a US early warning aircraft also took part in the maneuvers.
On 15 November 1994 Greece expressed certainty that Greek and Turkish air and naval exercises taking place at the same time in the Aegean would end without any "hot incidents". The statements, by Foreign Minister Karolos Papoulias, were made as warships and aircraft from Greece, the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Spain clustered the southeast Aegean in preparation for military manoeuvres this week which overlap Turkish military exercise Seawolf 2-94, currently taking place in the northern Aegean. Warships and aircraft from Greece, the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Spain clustered the southeast Aegean in preparation for military manoeuvres. The fleet of ships was docked at ports in Rhodes and Iraklion, Crete. The five-day exercise, code-named Niriis 94, took place mostly between the islands of Crete, Santorini, Milos and Tilos. The USS Cape St. George was sent into international waters in the Aegean, between the two manoeuvres, "to demonstrate US interests in the region." The US destroyer Peterson and submarine Springfield took part in Niriis-94 exercise.
"Niriis" is also known as Thetis, goddess of the waves. Nereus and Doris had fifty daughters. Thetis is one of the Daughters of Nereus. As a group, they are called the Nereids. Thetis was given to Peleus (a mortal) for his undying devotion to the gods on Olympos. Thetis and Peleus had a magnificent son, Achilles. The fate of Achilleus was known to Thetis. Simply put, Achilles could return to his father and die happy yet forgotten, or, he could die at Troy and be remembered forever as a hero.
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