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[2019/08/22]

Israeli, US militaries simulate retaking hijacked ship amid tensions  

Israeli, US militaries simulate retaking hijacked ship amid tensions

By: The Associated Press

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Edward Guity fires a .50 caliber machine gun on board the guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook during exercise Mighty Waves 2019 on Aug. 7 in the Mediterranean Sea. Mighty Waves is an annual disaster response exercise led by Israel. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Damon Grosvenor/Navy)

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military says it has conducted a joint exercise with U.S. special operations forces simulating the retaking of a hijacked ship.

The drill held last Wednesday comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf and efforts by the Trump administration to set up a naval security mission to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

The military said Wednesday that the two militaries “exercised regaining control of a hijacked ship and extracting forces from enemy territory.” The army said the drill had no connection to recent events and was part of its annual training plan.

Israeli media this month quoted Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz as telling a parliamentary committee that Israel was taking part in the U.S.-led coalition.

 

The Associated Press 

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