The Iwo Jima docks at Haifa for joint military exercise with Israel

The USS Iwo Jima, with 1,400 marines, 25 warplanes and three hovercraft aboard, was due to dock at Haifa Tuesday night to take part in the joint US-Israeli Juniper Cobra 2018 exercise.  The annual exercise focuses this year on improving defense capabilities in the event of a coordinated ballistic missile attack. There will also be separate drills, in which 650 US marines will take part, for enhancing cooperation between the US military and the IDF. The Iwo Jima carries amphibious craft for landing ashore of personnel and equipment while outside a combat zone.


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5 thoughts on “The Iwo Jima docks at Haifa for joint military exercise with Israel

  • Mar 6, 2018 @ 22:56 at 22:56

    This is actually the U.S. response to Turkey’s aggression. Read the article below (came out today):

    On the same day, ships from both the US Navy and Marine Corps, as well as oil surveyors from ExxonMobil, arrived in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships’ arrival comes just days after a standoff between Turkish naval vessels and Italian drillers over a disputed economic zone.

    The US is bolstering its presence in the region as Turkey appears to be increasingly willing to use or at least threaten force to uphold its interests in Northern Cyprus. The latest tensions center on an underwater oil discovery.

    Greece Accuses Turkey of Violating Int’l Law by Obstructing Drilling in Cyprus
    Last December, an oil find at a location between Egypt and Cyprus called the Zohr Site was discovered. Believed to be host to trillions of barrels of untapped oil, Zohr’s discovery has led to a black gold rush in the surrounding area for similar sites.

    Sure enough, in February, ENI announced the discovery of the Zohr-esque Soupia Site. On February 9, the Turkish navy shadowed a drilling ship owned by Italian multinational ENI as it undertook an exploratory mission at the Soupia Site.

    On February 21, the Iwo Jima amphibious ready group, which includes three amphibious warfare ships and the 2,500-strong 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was deployed to the Mediterranean bolster the strength of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet. The flagship of the group, the USS Iwo Jima, is equipped with Cobra attack helicopters, AV-8 Harrier ground-attack aircraft and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor carrier aircraft, along with its own complement of anti-ship and anti-air missiles.

  • Mar 7, 2018 @ 1:07 at 1:07

    Only 3rd world developing countries are intimidated with US military buildups. Looks like aging metal and cavemen operators to the rest of the world.

    • Mar 7, 2018 @ 16:52 at 16:52

      You been sniffing too much crack! try someone elses….Russia cant afford to even do this.

  • Mar 7, 2018 @ 3:03 at 3:03

    Thank you REALIST for an entertaining comment! I can not say the same to THREATENING TO WHOM.

  • Mar 7, 2018 @ 19:58 at 19:58



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