Naval ships and aircraft of Israel, Turkey and the United States will conduct a combined Search and Rescue exercise in international waters off the Israeli coast on 17.01.01. The exercise is of a humanitarian nature and involves no combat activity.
The sole objective of this exercise is to practice coordinated emergency search and rescue procedures for assisting people in distress at sea.

By familiarizing themselves with each other’s capabilities and working together, elements of the three naval forces which regularly operate in the Mediterranean will be able to lay a foundation for more effective and rapid humanitarian responses to actual maritime emergencies.

Representatives of several other navies were invited to participate as observers.

The exercise will be of short duration and involve a number of ships from each country’s forces, along with several helicopters and search aircraft.