JTA — The Canadian and Israeli navies participated in joint training exercises in the Gulf of Aqaba.

The Canadian HMCS Toronto and Israel’s INS Kidon exchanged some crew members before participating in a search-and-rescue exercise earlier this month, the Canadian Forces said in a report issued Feb. 22. The ships practiced rescuing a patrol vessel and maneuvering in close quarters.

By placing five Canadians on the Kidon and seven Israelis on the Toronto, the two navies learned what to expect if they have to conduct operations together in the future, the report said.

“It was an exceptional opportunity to work with our friends in the Israeli Navy, sharing ideas and medical procedures that can benefit both countries,” said the Toronto’s commanding officer, David Patchell, who called the Israeli Navy “extremely professional and welcoming.”