Israeli, US navies complete drill in Mediterranean

The exercise, Reliant Mermaid, focused on search and rescue maneuvers, included live fire; Turkish Navy refuses to participate.

August 19, 2012 15:34
1 minute read.
Man looks at Israeli Navy boat off Ashdod

Man looks at Israeli Navy boat off Ashdod 370. (photo credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Israeli and US navies completed a joint drill last week in the Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise, dubbed Reliant Mermaid, focused on search and rescue maneuvers and involved helicopter landings on vessels, but also live fire.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The US Navy stressed that the exercise was not associated with any real world events and was planned long in advance.

“This was a successful exercise which strengthened the bonds between the US and Israeli navies and increased our ability to work together as a team,” said Cmdr. David A.

Bretz, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer, the USS Jason Dunham.

“The Jason Dunham team was proud to be a part of Reliant Mermaid 2012. We’ve enjoyed our time in Israel and the valuable experience of working with our partners in the Israeli navy. It was really great to get to see the differences between our navy and the US,” said Israel Navy Capt. Niv Bar-Ilan.

“We learned a lot about how the US Navy operates differently and how the sailors all have individual jobs onboard. It was great and we are very appreciative of the Jason Dunham crew’s hospitality.”

In the past, the Turkish Navy took part in the joint annual maritime safety drills, but has pulled out of the exercise since diplomatic relations with Israel collapsed following the Gaza flotilla incident in 2010.

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron