For ships headed through the Mediterranean to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean or the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea, it makes sense
to stop at Souda Bay, on the Greek island of Crete. And
at Souda Bay is the world-class NATO Maritime
Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC)
that trains boarding parties for visit, board, search and
“We have extraordinary facilities here at Souda Bay.
A ship can refuel, get repairs, resupply, and exploit the
NATO Naval Forces Sensor and Weapons Accuracy
Check Site and the NATO Missile Firing Installation.
There is a naval hospital and an airfield. And there is
the ancient and beautiful port city of Chania nearby,
where the crew can relax,” said Hellenic Navy Cmdr.
During the Cold War, ships prepared for deployment
by conducting missile firings and gun shooting drills.