End of a joint exercise in the Red Sea for the Israeli and US navies

Israel and the United States have just put an end to their four-day joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba, in the Red Sea, including American naval drones.

During the drill – dubbed ‘Digital Shield’ – manned ships from the Israeli Navy’s 915th Fleet and the Snapir unit sailed alongside unmanned systems from Task Force 59 of the US 5th Fleet, according to the statements of the two armed forces.

The Israeli army said the exercise was intended to “enhance cooperation” and make use of “artificial intelligence as an operational tool”.

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According to the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), the exercise also focused on “improving awareness of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence, in support of ship boarding operations.”

“The cooperation of manned and unmanned platforms is an unprecedented opportunity to expand the scope of maritime action by integrating other military departments, with the common objective of ensuring regional security and that of the main maritime routes” , said Brigadier General Daniel Hagri, in remarks provided by the IDF.

“Integrating unmanned systems, with our partners, advances our own integration mechanisms. Ultimately, we are strengthening ties and creating new capabilities with our regional partners to improve maritime security,” said Task Force 59 Lt. Commander William Ricketts, in remarks published by NAVCENT.

Earlier this month, Iran had attempted to seize two US Saildrone Explorers in the Red Sea, the same type of naval drones used in this exercise, as well as a Devil Ray T-38.

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End of a joint exercise in the Red Sea for the Israeli and US navies


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