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According to the IDF Spokespersons Unit, the Israeli Navy participated with the INS Keshet and INS Lahav missile ships, as well as the Sa’ar 5 and Sa’ar 4.5 missile frigates and the INS Tanin Dolphin class submarine.
The Israeli Air Force would also have sent a Hercules C-130 transport aircraft, Ya’sur helicopters, AS565 MA Panther helicopters (Atalef) and Shoval unmanned aerial vehicles from the 200 squadron. Elite elite troops of Unit Combat paratroopers 669 Search and Rescue IAF also participated in the drill.
The Greek Navy stated that the main objectives of the drill were focused on addressing modern challenges and threats in the marine environment and promoting the level of cooperation and mutual understanding of the three Marines.
“The Navy sees great importance in exercises of this kind, which strengthen its cooperation with the different fleets in the Mediterranean and beyond,” the IDF Spokespersons Unit said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.
As part of the simulation, which took place in the eastern Mediterranean and the Cretan Sea, in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. Several activities were also carried out at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay in Crete, where the simulation began.
After leaving the Bay of Souda, the three Marinas made a one-week exercise in the open sea before reaching the port of Haifa , where another naval exercise was carried out.
According to the IDF, although most of the exercise referred to submarine warfare, other scenarios were also practiced such as swarms, rescue situations at sea and air defense.
A high-ranking Israeli naval officer quoted by the Israel Defense News site was quoted as saying that the exercise also involved the fight of a Hercules C-130 aircraft and Yas’ur helicopters transporting troops from Unit 669 to a distance of 800 to 1,000 kilometers from the borders of Israel, where they then practiced the rescue and extraction.
” The fighters recreated a flight profile similar to that of the missiles: near the water, simulating a realistic situation . Although they actually launched a missile from the boat, the fighters operated all the systems on their boats, as they would have done in a real-life situation, “said a senior naval officer.
Source: Israel Noticias