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Proliferation Security Initiative Holds Mediterranean Naval Exercise

Military units from 11 countries are holding a three-day nonproliferation exercise in the western Mediterranean Sea this week, European Stars and Stripes reported (see GSN, Oct. 16).

The Spanish-led exercise, named Sanso 2003, is part of the Proliferation Security Initiative — designed to intercept the transfer of WMD-related materials.

Military personnel practiced boarding ships and searching for smuggled WMD stocks, according to Stars and Stripes.

Spanish Capt. Ramon Marquez Montero said the exercise is designed to enhance the cooperation between allies. The United Kingdom, the United States, France, Portugal and Spain contributed ships and planes to the exercise. Japan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Australia are also part of the PSI effort (Scott Schonauer, European Stars and Stripes, Oct. 16).

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