Aug 2, 2022 09:57 GMT
The maritime maneuvers, in which a total of five ships will participate, will take place between the 1st and 4th of this month.
The US and Israel began joint naval exercises in the Red Sea on Monday amid rising tensions with Iran, communicated the Fifth Fleet of the North American country.
Specifically, between August 1 and 4, the naval forces of both countries will carry out a drill in which three US Navy ships and two Israeli Sa’ar-class ships, the INS Eilat corvette and the missile boat INS Keshet.
“The exercise is a bilateral military training event between the US 5th Fleet and the Israeli naval forces that focuses on mission planning, maritime interdiction and other drills at sea,” the statement said.
Likewise, the text recalls that the aforementioned fleet is based in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, and includes maritime forces that operate in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean, the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Mandeb Strait.
For its part, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed the exercises through its official Twitter account. “INS Eilat and INS Keshet [de clase] Sa’ar will participate in a range of missions alongside U.S. Fifth Fleet ships and a refueling tanker,” the message.
In early July, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz declared that the presence of Iranian military forces in the Red Sea in recent months is the most significant in the last ten years, assuring that it represents “a direct threat for trade, energy and the global economy.
“Iran is expanding its aggressive operations in the region in general and in the naval field in particular,” he said, adding that Iran has been patrolling the southern Red Sea region “unusually” with its warships.
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