Israeli Navy organizes joint security patrol with US 5th Fleet

The Israeli Navy participated in a combined maritime security patrol with the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s 5th Fleet in the Red Sea for the first time on Tuesday.

Three Israeli ships – the INS Eilat and two patrol boats – sailed alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey and a US Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that flew over.

The forces also conducted exercises on search and rescue, air defense, high-value unit defense and small craft operations scenarios, as well as tactical defensive maneuvers.

The IDF’s chief of naval operations, Brigadier-General. Daniel Hagari said that the strategic cooperation between the forces is vital for regional security and that of the State of Israel.

“The partnership with the Fifth Fleet is a strategic partnership for the security of the region and the security of Israel,” he said. “This exercise is the start of a cooperation that will widen and increase the defense and security circles in the maritime space to prevent terrorist acts.”

The exercise was the “kick-off” of joint work between the Israeli Navy and the 5th Fleet in moving Israel to CENTCOM’s area of ​​responsibility from EUCOM, the unit said. IDF spokesperson in a statement.

“Our navies are ushering in a new era of expanded cooperation and capacity building,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Commander NAVCENT, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “We are working in partnership in new ways, which is essential to maintain safety in today’s dynamic maritime environment. “

The move to CENTCOM is supposed not only to simplify cooperation with US troops in the region, but also to create the potential for a regional coalition with Arab countries that have normalized their relations with Israel against common threats posed by Iran.

“Combined patrols like these help maintain regional maritime security and stability,” said Captain Robert Francis, Commodore of NAVCENT Task Force 55 controlling the US Navy’s surface assets in the Middle East. “The collaboration has been great. We share a common understanding with our international counterparts that there is strength in unity. “

The Israeli Navy is organizing a joint security patrol with the US 5th Fleet (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

The area of ​​operations of the US 5th Fleet covers some 2.5 million square miles and includes the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three points of critical strangulation in the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab -el-Mandeb. With the addition of Israel, the region now includes 21 countries.

In August, Israeli Air Force pilots flew alongside their counterparts from the United States Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) in a one-of-a-kind aerial exercise.

Nicknamed the “Desert Eagle,” the exercise was led by the 133rd IAF Squadron, flying F-15s, as well as the 494th USAF Squadron. The jets of the 115th Flying Dragon Squadron simulated enemy jets.

According to a statement issued by the IAF, “aircrews practiced various operational scenarios in the air, including joint exercises against land, air and combined threats while striking designated targets.

“The historic cooperation between the Israeli Air Force and the AFCENT command is part of the closer strategic and long-term cooperation between Israel and the United States,” the statement said.

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