As part of his visit to Hatzerim airbase, he met with a forum of commanders
On this most recent visit to Israel, new directions for future cooperation were examined Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, The Commandant For Aviation of the United States Marine Corps, arrived this week for a visit to the IAF. He visited an “Iron Dome” battery and flew an F-16I at Hatzerim airbase.
Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, the Commandant For Aviation of the United States Marine Corps, arrived in Israel this week to pay the IAF a visit. The United States is Israel’s biggest ally, especially in the field of aviation. As such, the IAF fosters cooperation with US military in order to create mutual relations. “It is important for us to host the commander of a huge aerial force that is deployed throughout the world and on a very large scale”, said Brigadier General Nir Barkan, Commander of Hatzerim airbase where Lieutenant General David visited.
The Marines aviation branch is tasked with the mission of supporting ground missions of the Marines through air strikes, electronic warfare and aerial reconnaissance. The branch has acquired the stealth F-35B JSF, which will become operational next year. The IAF is also expected to acquire the JSF in the future.
Although the IAF and the Marines are two completely different forces in terms of scope and deployment, the two organizations share many common challenges, especially in missions that require participation with ground forces and missions involving urban warfare.
“Lieutenant General Davis told us about the challenges and he also heard our insights from Operation ‘Protective Edge’”, said Brigadier General Barkan. “In addition to that, he also flew an F-16I at the ‘Knights of the Orange Tail’ squadron. The flight gave him a little example of the operational capabilities of the force and the strength of the State of Israel, as well as the distances and the strategic depth, which pose a challenge for us on a daily basis”.
On this most recent visit to Israel, new directions for future cooperation were examined. Among other options, the option of joint force-building and training exercises in which both sides would take part were examined. They also discussed expanding information-sharing through meetings regarding the challenges of the changing battlefield and aircrafts in the new era.
Lieutenant General Davis also visited an “Iron Dome” battery, a mission simulator at Hatzor airbase, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) squadrons, as well as Israeli industries in order to gain a sense of the strength of Israeli air capabilities. “As part of his visit to Hatzerim airbase, he met with a forum of commanders from the base where he described the fascinating operational reality they deal with”, adds Brigadier General Barkan.