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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 279-96
May 14, 1996

UNITED STATES FORCES PARTICIPATE IN EXERCISE MATADOR 96

Forces from the United States and Spain are conducting Exercise Matador 96 -- the largest live, combined/joint task force exercise conducted in the European theater of operations this year -- from May 7th to May 24th in the Western Mediterranean and ashore at several locations in Spain.

The exercise provides U.S. and Spanish forces an opportunity to conduct combined/joint training and to improve the interoperability of land, sea and air forces of both nations. The exercise includes a series of training opportunities at sea, in the air and ashore -- including a non-combatant evacuation operation. Various U.S. sea, air and land forces are participating in the operation alongside their Spanish counterparts.

The exercise will be controlled from the fleet command ship, USS LaSalle. This is the first time a combined/joint task force afloat has been stood up in the Mediterranean theater of operations. Approximately 11,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are participating in this exercise.

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