USS Donald Cook Departs Haifa

August 6, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Haifa August 5, 2019, after a scheduled port visit to participate in the Israel-led event Exercise Mighty Waves 2019. The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to collective security with regional partners. “Donald Cook’s successful port visit to Haifa shows our commitment to our allies here in Israel,” said Cmdr. Kelley T. Jones, the commanding officer of Donald Cook. “Haifa is a port we haven’t visited since last year, so this…

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Israeli Soldiers Arrest Hidden Passenger on Ship Set Ablaze

June 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – IDF soldiers took control of the foreign trading ship in which a fire was set on fire overnight by unknown elements near a beach in the north of the country. During the event, and in coordination with the ship’s captain, IDF soldiers with the help of the Israeli police combed the ship. During the search, the soldiers captured an undercover passenger who was transferred to the Israel Police. The event is over.   ShipSpotting.com © jack2  

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Elbit Systems Selected to Provide Maritime UAS to the European Union Maritime Safety Agency

November 1, 2018 – Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a framework contract to provide maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) patrol services to be provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to countries in the European Union. The contract that will be executed in cooperation with CEiiA is for a two-year base period and two single year option periods. If fully ordered, the total contract value is €59 million (approximately $68 million). Under the contract and in cooperation with CEiiA, a leading engineering company in Portugal, Elbit…

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Israel Aerospace Receives Indian Navy Order

October 25, 2018 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today it has been awarded an additional, $777-million mega- contract for supply of LRSAM Air & Missile Defense systems (the marine version of the AMD system Barak 8) for seven ships of the Indian navy. The contract was entered with Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which serves as the main contractor in the project. The LRSAM system, part of the Barak 8 Family, is an operational AMD system used by Israel’s navy as well as by India’s navy, air and…

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German-Israeli intergovernmental consultations – Grütters: Provenance research and the return of Nazi looted art are of central importance

October 4, 2018 – As part of today’s German-Israeli intergovernmental consultations in Jerusalem, Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters has met for bilateral talks with the Israeli Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, and the Director-General of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Yossi Sharabi. Monika Grütters said: “Following our trip to Israel in July this year, we have been able to deepen the close cultural cooperation between our countries in a good and trusting atmosphere. With Minister Gamliel I have exchanged for provenance research and returns of Nazi…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Jason Dunham Visits Haifa

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Haifa, Israel, June 19, as part of a scheduled port visit. Haifa is a routine port stop for U.S. Navy ships in the 6th Fleet and Dunham’s second stop since departing its homeport in Naval Station Norfolk, June 2. The visit is also a welcome break for the crew from being underway. “This port visit is an amazing opportunity for our Sailors to see this part of the world,” said Cmdr. John Hamilton, Jason Dunham’s commanding officer. “For a majority of the crew,…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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USS Iwo Jima Port Visit in Haifa

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Haifa, Israel, March 14, to conduct a port visit after participating in the previously scheduled exercise Juniper Cobra 2018 (JC18). This is the first port visit in more than a month since the ship and nearly 2,500 embarked Sailors and Marines departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Feb. 7 as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. From March 6-13, approximately 600 Sailors and Marines from Iwo Jima and the 26th MEU teamed with Israeli Defense…

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Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires officially recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem as soon as practicable. The Congress, since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) (the “Act”), has urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate our…

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NATO and Israel sign agreement on the protection of exchanged classified information

On 14 November 2017, NATO and the State of Israel concluded the Administrative Arrangements for the protection of classified information as part of a Security Agreement initially signed in 2001. Ms Wendy A. Bashnan, Director of the NATO Office of Security, and Mr Nir Ben Moshe, Director for the Security of the Defence Establishment, signed the Administrative Arrangements at the Ministry of Defence of Israel in Tel Aviv. The Arrangements will facilitate the cooperation between NATO and Israel as they serve as common minimum standards to be applied to the…

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BIRD Aerosystems has successfully delivered another ASIO Maritime Program to Angola

Israeli BIRD Aerosystems’, the developer and manufacturer of the Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation (ASIO) solution, has recently delivered its ASIO Multi-Segment task force solution to Angola. The ASIO maritime program delivered is currently in operational use by this country’s security forces, protecting the country’s territorial water from different threats including piracy, terror, and smuggling. BIRD’s ASIO maritime solution provides customers with an integrated Aerial-Naval-Land solution. It facilitates maritime and coastal surveillance, patrol, survey of borders and strategic assets as well as Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring capabilities. The ASIO…

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