US, Israeli navies start 4-day exercise in Red Sea

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

The American and Israeli navies begin a four-day maritime exercise in the Red Sea, the US Navy 5th Fleet says.

“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,” a statement says.

There is no immediate comment from the Israel Defense Forces on the drill.

Last November, the Israeli Navy participated in a 5th Fleet-led exercise in the Red Sea alongside the UAE and Bahrain in what Israeli officials said was meant to serve as a response to recent attacks by Iran against Israeli naval assets.

Last month, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Iran’s maritime activity in the Red Sea was the “most significant” in a decade.

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