IDF soldiers shoot at simulation 370.
(photo credit: Yaakov Lappin)
The IDF completed a major combined forces drill on Thursday which began at the
start of the week and was aimed at testing responses of regular units and
reserves to a range of fast-paced battle scenarios.
The exercise included
simulations of simultaneous security escalations on multiple fronts and involved
the navy, ground forces, and the air force.
Despite being planned long in
advance, the exercise comes amid widespread regional instability, the epicenter
of which is the Syrian civil war.
Army sources said it is very important,
and will enhance levels of combat readiness.
A senior Israel Navy source
said that all navy forces took part. “We practiced providing naval assistance to
ground forces and working with the air force,” the source said.
exercise represented an additional phase in the growing interconnectedness of
the military’s components, he added.
The heightened coordination between
forces is leading to an increase in the IDF’s power, the source
“This was also about the growing linkage between various components
inside the navy,” the source said.
“We’re seeing how we can integrate the
navy as much as possible in a [future] military victory.”
“We didn’t know
all of the scenarios ahead of time. This led to surprise both psychologically
and operationally,” the source said. “Many lessons have been learned.”
Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon addressed an end-of-training event for
IDF officers at a base in Mitzpe Ramon, “At this time, the IDF is dealing both
at home and abroad, near and far, with a considerable number of fronts of
uncertainty,” he said.
Ya’alon cited the Lebanese front where Hezbollah
continues to arm itself and plans on harming Israeli civilians in a future
conflict, and the front with Syria, “where a civil war continues to exact a
heavy price of human lives, and a [civil] war is nearing our borders, placing us
before a complex test that is full of significance.”
He added that there
was “a front of uncertainty with the Gaza Strip, where the Hamas terrorist group
continues to rule, and which has placed as its goal the destruction of the state
Warships from the navy’s Flotilla 3, coastal patrol boats,
naval commandos, and submarines all took part in this week’s drill. One scenario
included combat against enemy naval fleets and defending the Israeli
OC Israel Navy R.-Adm. Ram Rutberg praised the high
level of cooperation exhibited by forces in the exercise.