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“Stolen Cerberus VII”: C-130 fly in formation over Athens in joint Greek-US exercise

Two Greek and two American Air Force C-130 flew in formation over Athens on Friday afternoon, inaugurating a joint annual exercise under the name “Stolen Cerberus VIΙ.”

The American Air Force aircraft belong to the 37th Airlift Squadron, the Hellenic Air Force said.

The planes flew out of Elefsina Air Base.

The exercise was designed to enhance interoperability and airlift capabilities among allied armed forces through realistic, joint air operation scenarios. It also enhanced readiness and demonstrates our shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe.

The Greek Air Force issued a statement saying that the C-130 flew between 2:30-3:30 pm Frinday, September 11, 2020.

The exercise was attended by Cheif of General Staff Konstaninos Floros and the US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt.

According to Greek mythology, Cerberus was the monstrous watchdog of the underworld. He was usually said to have three heads, though the poet Hesiod (flourished 7th century bce) said he had 50. Heads of snakes grew from his back, and he had a serpent’s tail.

PS Who could steal Cerberus?

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