(ANSAmed) - AUGUSTA (SIRACUSA), JUNE 8 - Bilateral training exercises between the Italian and Tunisian Navies will take place between June 11 and 15 in the waters of eastern Sicily. The "Oasis" exercise has this year been planned, organised and coordinated by the Italian Navy. Now in its tenth year, the training is "led" on an alternate basis by the Italian and Tunisian Navies and is part of a series of international cooperation activities that the Italian Navy carries out with a number of Mediterranean nations. The aim of Oasis is to increase and consolidate the capacity for cooperation between the naval forces of Italy and Tunisia in the field of search and rescue, surveillance and control of mercantile traffic to tackle illegal activity. This year, for the first time, cooperation will stretch to the underwater sector, with the development of activities concerning techniques and procedures for the search and removal of devices from the seabed. Italy will be represented in the training exercises by the open sea patroller "Comandante Foscari", which carries an AB-212 helicopter from the second helicopter group based in Maristaeli Catania and an inspection team from the San Marco regiment, consisting of an auxiliary naval unit, an open sea tug-boat and a team of submarines from the Augusta-based SDAI squadron. Tunisia will be represented by two patrollers from the Albatross division, Annon and Hamilcar, an inspection team and a team of submarines. The exercises will include a stopover in the port of Augusta, which will allow subsequent sea activity to be planned and will involve the crews in social and cultural events.(ANSAmed).