ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

search

US Marines hold joint 10-day-long drill with Israeli military

Intrepid Maven exercise aimed at ‘enhancing collaboration and cooperation’ with allied nations in Middle East, says chief of Marine Corps Central Command

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

US Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Carreon, a field radio operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, participates in a range excserise during the join Intrepid Maven drill with the IDF, February 20, 2023. (US Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Emma Gray)
US Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Carreon, a field radio operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, participates in a range excserise during the join Intrepid Maven drill with the IDF, February 20, 2023. (US Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Emma Gray)

Troops from the United States Marines are holding a 10-day-long joint exercise with the Israel Defense Forces in Israel that started this week. The drill, dubbed Intrepid Maven, began Sunday and is slated to last through March 1.

According to the US Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT), some 200 marines and sailors joined IDF infantry and artillery units during the exercise.

The drill was the sixth in a series of US Marine drills — all using the Intrepid Maven name — held with allied nations in the Middle East.

“This is a great opportunity for our Marines and Sailors to work alongside our Israeli Defense Force counterparts,” said Maj. Gen. Paul J. Rock Jr., commander of MARCENT.

“The very purpose of our Intrepid Maven exercise series is to enhance collaboration and cooperation with partners. Our actions support the National Defense Strategy priority of developing key partnerships, and reflect both our enduring commitment to Israel as a new MARCENT partner and our mutual desire for regional stability,” he said.

“At the troop level, it’s just a great opportunity for enhanced training, cultural exposure and, ultimately, improved unit readiness,” Rock added.

US Marines attached to Marine Corps Forces Central Command with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, and IDF soldiers pose for a photo during the joint Intrepid Maven drill, in Israel, February 21, 2023. (US Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Emma Gray)

There was no immediate statement from the IDF on the drill.

Images published by MARCENT showed Marines holding live-fire drills, and fitness training with Israeli soldiers.

Last week, the IDF wrapped up a joint drill with the US Central Command (CENTCOM), focused on air defense, cyber security, intelligence and logistics.

The drill, dubbed Juniper Falcon, was the second in a series of major joint exercises the IDF was to hold with CENTCOM in 2023.

The first was January’s major Juniper Oak drill, the largest-ever joint exercise held by the Israeli and American militaries.

Israel regularly conducts various training drills with the US military in the country, including air force exercises and missile defense drills.

Last year, then-IDF chief Aviv Kohavi said joint activities with the US military in the Middle East would be “significantly expanded” in 2023.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.