The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps recently completed a joint exercise in southern Israel, Channel 2 reported Thursday.

Noble Shirley 2016 was the latest in a series of routine bilateral training exercises seeking to improve collaboration and interoperability between the Israeli and American forces.

The live-fire training drill held last week involved the Marines’ Battalion Landing Team, 6th Marine Regiment and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which coordinated with Israeli ground, air and naval forces.

Special emphasis was placed on urban warfare and counterterrorism, Channel 2 said, adding that U.S. troops were utilizing IDF counterterrorism expertise in the war on Islamic State in the Middle East.

As part of the exercise, troops performed urban and tunnel warfare tasks, drilled helicopter landings behind enemy lines and simulated extractions under fire. Various tactical formations, including by military medical personnel, were also among the scenarios included in the exercise.

According to Channel 2, the drill also included a scenario in which Israel is subjected to Hezbollah and Iranian missile salvos, which sought to test real-time integration of Israeli and American missile defense systems. Israeli defense officials used American radar systems deployed across the Middle East, as well as a satellite system capable of alerting of missile launches across the globe.

Israel’s David’s Sling medium- to long-range missile defense system was also deployed as part of the exercise.

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Erica Terry is Managing Editor at Jspace News. She has reported on domestic and international news, Israeli politics, features and more for Jewish publications in New York, Miami and London.
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