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July 28, 2016 3:13 pm

Joint Sea, Land Drills Conducted by US Marines, IDF Commandos to Counter Islamic Terror Threats

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The CAYA Green joint exercise. Photo: IDF.

The CAYA Green joint exercise. Photo: IDF.

US Marine Corps fighters and Israeli commandos from the navy’s most elite unit conducted a joint exercise simulating a multi-pronged raid on enemy shores, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the point of the exercise – called CAYA Green (for “come as you are when you get the green light”) — was for the Israeli Shayetet 13 commandos to storm the beach clandestinely, under stormy weather conditions, and to secure it for a raid by Marines under fire.

The drill involved the transfer of fighters, jeeps and special equipment from ship to shore — from where the troops were to create maneuver room to move deep into the “enemy zone.”

The joint exercise made use of the amphibious American warship and troop carrier The San Antonio, as well as helicopters and armored vehicles.

A high-ranking Israeli naval officer told Walla that the fighters of Shayetet 13 who participated in the drill “were exposed to the many capabilities of the US Army, among these expertise in combat, raids, medical procedures (including surgery), the overtaking of a ship and logistics.”

He added that some of the equipment employed by the American soldiers is familiar to the Israelis, but some “we’ve only seen in movies.”

Walla suggested that the drill — the location of which was not disclosed — could constitute a warning “message to Hezbollah.”

This was not the only joint Marines-IDF exercise conducted recently. As JNS reported on a Channel 2 broadcast on Thursday, a live-fire drill called Noble Shirley 2016 was held last week in southern Israel, aimed at practicing counterterrorism techniques against ISIS.

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  • so maybe Obama does not restrain the Defense Department from cooperating with the Israelis as much as we had thought.

    WE have an enemy in common; we need to have training in common.

  • Seth Lefow

    Smart move. Both the U.S. Marines and the IDF’s Shayatet 13 are top of the line. They can learn from each other and the competitive spirit of the Israelis and the “jarheads” should make an interesting exercise to watch. OOOH-RAH to them all.

  • ISIS: The best enemy $$$ can buy!

  • Well, I guess this present administration; President Obama; the Commander in Chief of the USA Armed Forces is not anti-Israel after all.
    All who keep sprouting lies about our President Obama should shut up.

  • Barry Cogan

    Love the item.
    More people in the U.S. should know about these joint ventures.

  • Kaplan

    I sincerely hope the “high-ranking Israeli naval officer” was mis-translated, because the U.S. Marine Corps is part of the U.S. Navy, and NOT the U.S. Army.

    The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is the most decorated of the Marine Corps’ seven MEUs.