In this 2nd joint naval exercise between NATO maritime forces and the IDF, Romanian and Greek military vessels act out emergency scenarios that require the Israeli Navy to facilitate immediate medical evacuations to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
By RACHEL WOLF
Israel became the first NATO partner to participate in an exercise with Operation Sea Guardian, which NATO launched in November 2016.
The exercise, called “Crystal Sea,” was meant “to develop regional medical support to ensure that any health issue among the crew on board military ships participating in Operation Sea Guardian can be addressed quickly, wherever the ships are sailing at the time,” according to NATO. Continue Reading »
In the largest IDF drill since 1998, tens of thousands of people participated from the different military branches, including reservists, to bolster their preparedness for the next war on Israel’s northern frontier.
By Yoav Zitun
The Navy is drilling fighting off Hezbollah naval commandos mounting a surprise attack on Israel as part of a large-scale amphibious training exercise taking place in the north this week.
Among other scenarios, the Israeli sailors faced a swarm of jet skis and small motorboats carrying Hezbollah fighters, divers and suicide bombers.
IDF NAVY drill – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The drills are designed to prepare the navy for the most extreme scenarios in any future opening of a military campaign launched by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Continue Reading »
“We have doubled our covert capabilities,” says senior naval source about receiving Israel’s second, new-generation AIP Dolphin class sub.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
The Israel Navy’s fifth Dolphin submarine, and second new-generation AIP (air independent propulsion) platform has left its German manufacturing center for a 3000 mile journey to its home base at Haifa naval base, a senior naval source said Thursday.
Israel navy Dolphin class – IDF
The INS Rahav is carrying some 50 personnel, and “minimal weapons needed to protect itself,” before its arrival in Israel next month.
After its arrival, Israeli systems will be installed on board. Continue Reading »
Navy soldier’s tragic death appears to have happened after falling from moving train on which he jumped on to retrieve his forgotten backpack, on his way back to base.
What was initially thought to be suicide now appears to be a tragic accident: Navy combat soldier Hanan Maman was killed falling from a moving train after forgetting his backpack in the train, an investigation into his death on Thursday suggests.
Soldier jumped on train to retrieve backpack
Police suspect the soldier documented the event on his cell phone, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
According to the investigation, Maman, who was on his way to his base in Ashdod, forgot his backpack before getting off at the Ashdod railway station. Continue Reading »
US, Israeli & Greek warships begin a 2-week joint naval exercise codenamed “Noble Dina” on Thursday, the Israeli military reported.
By Maayana Miskin
Israeli, Greek and US warships began a joint two-week Mediterranean naval exercise on Thursday, IDF spokespeople revealed. The exercise has been codenamed “Noble Dina.”
The drill will test a variety of skills, including navigation, search and rescue, fast response to naval crisis situations, medical evacuation and more.
According to AFP, there are reports that the exercise was designed in part to practice defending offshore gas rigs. In recent years Israel has discovered huge gas fields off the Mediterranean shore. Continue Reading »
Palestinian official says Egypt-brokered truce talks continue.
Palestinians: 2 killed, 15 hurt as IDF striked overnight
PM reportedly tells Obama he won’t launch ground operation unless Hamas escalates rocket attacks
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
A number of rockets targeted the South Sunday morning after a several-hour reprieve from rocket fire overnight Saturday as the IDF targeted dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip. One rocket struck a building in Ashkelon Sunday morning, lightly injuring one person and causing serious damage to the building.
IAF strikes in Gaza – Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
At least two other rockets hit Asheklon Sunday morning. Continue Reading »