Israel observes massive maritime exercise in Cyprus


( Israeli representatives observed a four-day international maritime drill known as the “Exercise Argonaut” in Cyprus this week.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) in formation. Credit: IAF via Twitter.

Naval forces from Cyprus, Greece, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary and the U.S. took part in this year’s exercises in the Larnaca district of Cyrpus.

Rescue drill scenarios simulated terrorist hijackings, mass evacuations of civilians from a disaster scenario in the Middle East and other events.

One such real-life emergency evacuation scenario occurred during the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and the terror group Hezbollah, and involved more than 25,000 foreign nationals—including many Westerners—who were evacuated to Cyprus.

Last year, the Israeli Air Force participated in several joint military exercises with Cyprus.

Against the backdrop of burgeoning military cooperation between the three Mediterranean allies, lawmakers from Greece, Israel and Cyprus in January signed a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation and enhance ties.

Posted on June 1, 2017 .