US and Israeli Navies Hold 4-Day Joint Maritime Exercise in Red Sea

The US and Israeli navies have begun a four-day joint maritime exercise in the Red Sea aimed at boosting defense and military capabilities.

“The exercise is a bilateral training event between US 5th Fleet and Israeli naval forces that focuses on mission planning, maritime interdiction and other drills at sea,” US Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.

The statement said that US Navy ships USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) and USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) are participating with Israeli Sa’ar-class ships INS Eilat and INS Keshet.

The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed the drill, and said that its vessels would participate in a variety of missions alongside US 5th Fleet ships and a refueling tanker.

The Israeli army in a tweet post said that a “joint naval exercise between the Israeli and US navies in the Red Sea began today. “

Israel forces have held several navy exercises with the 5th Fleet since November last year when Israeli navy participated in a 5th Fleet-led exercise in the Red Sea alongside the UAE and Bahrain.

In another exercise in April, Israeli missile boats practiced refueling from an US tanker for the first time.

Monday’s naval exercises came days after Israeli Defense Minister said Iran’s maritime activity in the area was the “most significant” in a decade.

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