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Israeli Navy, US 5th Fleet holding joint drill in Mediterranean, Red Sea

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Israeli naval vessle is seen during a joint exercise with the US Fifth Fleet in the Red Sea, March 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli naval vessle is seen during a joint exercise with the US Fifth Fleet in the Red Sea, March 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defenses Forces announces the Israeli Navy and United States Fifth Fleet are holding a joint drill in the Mediterranean and the Red seas this week.

The exercise, which began Sunday, simulates naval combat, naval firing exercises, vessel protection, sabotage and neutralization of naval mines, search and rescue scenarios and providing medical aid at sea, the military says.

Some 300 soldiers and commanders from each country are participating in the drill, dubbed “Intrinsic Defender.”

“The exercise aims to expand the Israeli Navy’s operational abilities and deepen the shared learning process,” the IDF says in a statement.

“‘Intrinsic Defender’ joins past exercises between the IDF and the United States Armed Forces in strengthening the operational capabilities and strategic partnership of the two militaries,” it adds.

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