Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United States conduct joint drill in the Red Sea

Israel is participating in a multilateral maritime security drill in the Red Sea alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

The five-day drill includes training at sea aboard the amphibious transport port ship USS Portland, focused on visit, boarding, search and seizure tactics.

“The training will improve interoperability between the maritime interdiction teams of the participating forces,” read a statement from NAVCENT.

The drill marks the first time Israel has publicly trained with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and comes as a result of the transfer of responsibility for Israel from the United States European Command (EUCOM) to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

The US Fifth Fleet’s area of ‚Äč‚Äčoperations spans approximately 2.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean, and three critical choke points in the Strait of Hormuz. , the Suez Canal and the Strait. of Bab-el-Mandeb.

The US Navy guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision in Singapore waters on August 21, 2017 (credit: AHMAD MASOOD / REUTERS).

With the addition of Israel, the region now comprises 21 countries.

“It is exciting to see US forces training with regional partners to enhance our collective maritime security capabilities,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, the US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “Maritime collaboration helps safeguard the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce, which are essential for regional security and stability.”

The IDF is also wrapping up a two-week drill with 500 soldiers from NAVCENT’s 51/5 Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

The US delegation includes a logistics battalion detachment, an infantry rifle company, a light armored reconnaissance company, and a platoon from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

IDF troops from the Maglan commando unit and the Lotar anti-terrorist unit are participating, as well as the Infantry Corps and Squad Commanders School of Professions.

The two-week drill includes urban terrain scenarios, infantry live fire, HIMARS live fire, rapid maneuver training and more. It also saw the forces holding discussions on various topics, such as engineering, explosive ordnance disposal, and medical.

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