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US military helicopter arrives in Eilat for two-week joint drill

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A US Central Command helicopter carrier anchors in the Eilat Port ahead of a two-week special forces exercise with Israel on November 1, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)
A US Central Command helicopter carrier anchors in the Eilat Port ahead of a two-week special forces exercise with Israel on November 1, 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

A United States military helicopter carrier anchored in the Eilat Port yesterday for a two-week joint American-Israeli special forces exercise, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The drill is one of the first joint exercises between the IDF and the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) since the American outfit included Israel in its area of responsibility earlier this year. (Until then, Israel had been part of the US European Command.)

“The troops will take part in a multi-branch exercise for two weeks, in which they will train with counter-terrorism forces, commando forces and expose-attack forces, simulating warfare techniques in open areas and urban environments,” the IDF says.

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