Israel holds naval drill with US, Greece.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)
The Israel Navy took part in a trilateral exercise with the US and Greek navies this week.
The exercise, the largest of its kind, dubbed Noble Dina, involved air-sea maneuvers and the use of a variety of naval vessels. It began on April 27 and will reach its conclusion on May 14, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.
Three Israeli missile ships – the INS Lahav, a Sa’ar-class ship, and the INS Keshet and the INS Romah, both Sa’ar-4.5 class missile ships – took part.
Israeli dolphin submarines and a naval helicopter also took part.
“On April 29 navy forces reached the Greek island of Crete and held combat exercises as well as technical anti-submarine warfare drills,” the IDF stated.
They were joined by a Greek submarine and the Hellenic Air Force, the IDF added.
The navy’s Snapir (diving fin) Unit carried out a simulated sea inspection course at a Greek facility at the entrance to Crete Port, in cooperation with NATO forces. The drill was headed by the commander of Haifa naval base, R.-Adm. David Salame, and the commander of the Missile Boats Flotilla, Capt. Eyal Harel.
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The joint drill reflects the “high level of cooperation between the navies of the US, Greece and Israel,” the IDF said.
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