The Israeli and US navies completed a joint drill last week in the Mediterranean
The exercise, dubbed Reliant Mermaid, focused on search and rescue
maneuvers, and involved helicopter landings on vessels, but also included live
fire. The US Navy stressed that the exercise was not associated with any real
world events and was planned long ago.
In the past, the Turkish Navy took part in
the joint annual maritime safety drills, but pulled out of the exercise when
diplomatic relations with Israel collapsed following the flotilla incident in