”Reliant Mermaid 103,” a combined Israel Navy and United States EUCOM Naval exercise, ended today (Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013) after a week and a half of joint training in the Mediterranean Sea that simulated a variety of search and rescue scenarios. “Reliant Mermaid 103″ was not related to any real world events.
The exercise included a guided-missile destroyer from the U.S. 6th Fleet, as well as missile boats from the Israel Navy. It was a part of the Israel Navy’s annual training schedule.
Several combined naval exercises took place in recent months, including exercises with the Italian and Greek naval forces.
The IDF (Zahal) sees this exercise as a valuable opportunity to learn from our U.S. Navy counterparts and as part of the ongoing efforts to increase cooperation with the United States military.