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August 22, 2019 1:03 pm

Israel-US Militaries Conduct Joint Exercise Simulating Potential Ship-Hijacking

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The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, followed by the fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic and the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze, transit the Strait of Hormuz. Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/U.S. Navy. – Israel announced on Tuesday that it held a joint exercise with US Special Forces simulating the recapture of a hijacked vessel.

This comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

Israeli officials said the two sides “exercised regaining control of a hijacked ship and extracting forces from enemy territory,” the AP reported, adding that the exercise was held last Wednesday, even though the details were only recently announced.

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Video released by the army showed soldiers parachuting onto a ship during the exercise named “Naval Rose.”

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