Israel and the United States conclude a four-day naval exercise in the Red Sea
Israel and the United States conclude a four-day naval exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, involving US naval drones.
During the exercise – dubbed “Digital Shield” – Israeli Navy manned ships from the 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 armies.
The Israel Defense Forces say the exercise was aimed at “strengthening cooperation” and using “artificial intelligence as part of the operational toolkit”.
According to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), the exercise also focused on “improving maritime awareness using unmanned systems and artificial intelligence to support ship boarding operations”.
“Cooperation of forces on manned and unmanned platforms is an innovative opportunity to build an extended maritime picture and integrate other parties and forces to work together in the maritime arena, all with a common goal, to maintaining the security of the region and the various sea routes,” says Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagri in remarks provided by the IDF.
“Integrating unmanned systems with our partners advances our integration efforts. Ultimately, we are strengthening ties and innovating new capabilities with regional partners to improve maritime safety,” said Lt. Cmdr. William Ricketts of Task Force 59, in remarks published by NAVCENT.
Earlier this month, Iran attempted to seize two US Saildrone Explorers in the Red Sea, the same type of naval drones used in the recent exercise, as well as a Devil Ray T-38 model.