Israel-hosted exercise Reliant Mermaid 2018 comes to an end

Sailors aboard the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) concluded participation in exercise Reliant Mermaid 2018, a maritime search and rescue and anti-terrorism force protection exercise on August 8, 2018.

US Navy sailor observes the Israeli Navy Sa’ar 5-class corvette INS Lahav, left, the Sa’ar 4.5-class corvette INS Sufa, center, and the Military Sealift Command fast-combat support ship USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AOE 195) from aboard USS Carney (DDG 64) during Reliant Mermaid 2018. Photo: US Navy

The drill, hosted by the Israel Defense Forces, is designed to increase interoperability by enhancing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promote interoperability, mutual understanding and cooperation. It also promotes maritime safety and security in the region.

US Navy participation in the exercise included Carney, the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) and a P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

During the exercise, Israeli sailors embarked Carney to observe the exercise events and participate in training with US sailors, which included live-fire exercises, flight operations, damage control training, medical training and search and rescue exercises performed by the US and Israeli vessels.

For the damage control portion of the exercise, 12 Carney sailors had the opportunity to board the Israeli Navy Sa’ar 5-class corvette INS Lahav (502) which mimicked a distressed vessel at sea. While aboard Lahav, Carney sailors demonstrated techniques for repairing a breached hull and subsequent dewatering and damage control efforts.

“This was an extremely successful exercise which not only provided valuable training to the sailors of both nations involved, but it also emphasized the ability of both navies to work seamlessly together,” Cmdr. Tyson Young, commanding officer of Carney, commented.

Reliant Mermaid is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not associated with, or a reaction to any real-world events.