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A Greek Orthodox priest and military officers cover their heads as a CH47D Chinook helicopter takes off during a major rescue exercise on the tiny island of Gavdos, off Crete. The aim of the ‘Dolphin 2006’ mission was to simulate a response to a violent earthquake in the area. The exercise combined Greek navy, air force and ground units with around 1,000 troops from NATO countries and seven non-members: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Israel, which last year sent 110 soldiers to a similar exercise, did not take part in yesterday’s activities due to events in the Middle East, a Greek army spokesman said.