US and Israel hold joint naval exercises in the Red Sea amid tensions with Iran

US and Israel hold joint naval exercises in the Red Sea amid tensions with Iran

The United States and Israel launched joint naval exercises in the Red Sea on Monday. According to a statement from the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, the maneuvers will take place from August 1st to 4th. Three warships from the USA take part in it. Israel is involved with two Sa’ar class ships.

“The exercise is bilateral training between the U.S. Fifth Fleet and the Israeli Navy. The focus will be on mission planning, lockdown and other marine maneuvers.”

It emphasizes that the Fifth Fleet is based in the Bahraini capital of Manama and has naval forces operating in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean, the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez channel and operate in the Bab al-Mandab.

For its part, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that the local warships INS Eilat and INS Keshet were involved in a variety of missions with ships from the US Fifth Fleet and a tanker.

In early July, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz reported on “unusual” Iranian activities in the south of the Red Sea. He called Iran’s presence in the region the “most significant” in the past decade. This is a “direct threat to trade, energy and the global economy”. According to Gantz, Tehran is expanding its aggressive operations in the region, including at sea.

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Source: RT

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