In the face of growing tensions with Iran, Israel will participate, for the first time, in the multinational Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, RIMPAC, which will head the third US fleet on the coast of Hawaii and southern California later this month.
RIMPAC, the largest international maritime exercise in the world, will be held from June 27 to August 2 and will have the participation of 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 troops.
With the theme of RIMPAC 2018 as “Capable Adaptive Partners”, the simulation will work to increase multinational cooperation and trust, as well as to improve the interoperability of the troops.
Israel will join other new participants, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Other countries participating in RIMPAC 2018 are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Holland, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and the United Kingdom.
China was not invited to participate due to its continued militarization of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
According to the US Navy UU RIMPAC will focus on a wide range of capabilities “critical to ensuring the safety of maritime routes and safety in the world’s oceans” with exercises ranging from disaster relief to anti-piracy, demining operations, air defence exercises until the complex maritime war.
“The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of the maritime forces,” the third US fleet said in a statement.
“These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to the control of the sea and complex warfare. The relevant and realistic training program includes amphibious, artillery, missile, anti-submarine and air defence operations, as well as anti-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations. ”
While the Israeli Navy is relatively small compared to other IDF corps, it has a significant amount of territory to protect from the expansion of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from 40 miles to 150 miles four years ago.
Israel regularly participates in naval exercises with the United States, such as the Noble Dina trilateral exercise among the US navies. UU., Israel and Greece, as well as a joint military exercise of the US Special Forces and Marines. UU in the Negev desert nicknamed ‘Noble Shirley’, which involved special units of the Israeli Air Force, the Navy and the ground forces.
The Salvation and Undersea Missions Unit of the Israeli Navy also carried out a broad two-week simulation in Haifa, nicknamed “Noble Melinda”, with its counterparts from the United States and France, where the three navies recreated scenarios involving naval mines, Underwater demolitions and terrorist attacks at sea.
Source: Israel Noticias