The Israeli Navy is participating in international naval maneuvers led by the United States for the first time

The Israeli Navy will participate for the first time in naval exercises led by the United States and integrated with dozens of countries, including some with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations, including Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.

“The Israeli Navy will join 60 naval fleets for the International Maritime Maneuvers (IMX),” the Israel Defense Forces said on its Twitter account. The maneuvers began on Monday and have for the first time the participation of Israeli units.

The Israeli Navy is participating in international naval maneuvers led by the United States for the first time
The Israeli Navy is participating in international naval maneuvers led by the United States for the first time

“For the first time, our Flotilla 3 and Underwater Warfare Unit will train with the US Fifth Fleet in the Red Sea. We look forward to strengthening global security and cooperation,” he added in his message. Around 9,000 soldiers from 60 countries take part in the exercises.

The US forces have detailed that these exercises, which began every two years in 2012, will last three weeks and will end on February 17, with part of them in the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and northern part will take place in the Indian Ocean.

The US Navy said in a statement on Monday that “it is not only the largest multinational naval exercise in the Middle East, but the largest unmanned exercise in the world, involving more than 80 unmanned systems from ten nations.”

“This level of representation demonstrates a shared determination to present a rules-based international order,” said Brad Cooper, commander of US Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM). “It is a unique opportunity to enhance our capabilities and interoperability while strengthening maritime ties,” he concluded.

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