Israel Navy Looks to Increased Training with NATO, U.S. and Refreshed Contacts with Turkey

Sa'ar 5 a class of Israeli Navy corvettes leaves a military port in the northern Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa, on May 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Defense News reports: TEL AVIV — The Israeli Navy is expanding cooperation with the US Navy and other NATO maritime services and eventually aims to restore professional ties with Turkey after more than six years of estrangement, an Israeli officer said Thursday.

“Maybe in the future, we’ll be able to see here Turkish ships in Haifa port for mutual exercises as we have in the past,” said Lt. Col. Assaf Boneh, head of the Israeli Navy’s international coordination branch.

Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of a visit here by US Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, who commands the US Sixth Fleet as well as NATO’s Naples, Italy-based Joint Force Command, Boneh said an increasing number of nations are forging new ties or strengthening existing ones with Israel’s Navy.

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