The Marines have landed.
Israel National News reports:
The USS Iwo Jima arrived off the coast of Israel Tuesday as part of the joint US-Israeli military exercise “Juniper Cobra 2018”.
The Iwo Jima carries 1,400 marines in addition to 25 aircraft and three hovercraft. Its home port is the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida. The warship is currently serving with the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet.
The Juniper Cobra 2018 joint exercise is focused on improving defense capabilities from an integrated ballistic attack. In addition to the aerial cooperation, additional exercises will be held, in which some 650 American marines will take part.
These exercises with enable the IDF and the US military to enhance cooperation between the two forces.