NATO has recognized the Israeli Navy as a key medical-assistance partner in the Mediterranean following a drill held last month practicing emergency evacuations of personnel.

During the drill, dubbed “Crystal Sea 2020,” held on Oct. 31, NATO vessels from the United Kingdom, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria simulated medical emergencies at sea with the Israeli Navy.
“It was an example of partnership between the Israeli Navy and NATO. This is the second joint exercise of its kind between NATO maritime forces and the IDF,” said Capt. Yuval Ayalon, who heads the Planning and Organization Department in the Navy.

Two NATO helicopters practiced flying personnel from ships at sea to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital, said Ayalon. In addition, an Israeli Navy traveled to a NATO ship to practice providing medical treatment to onboard personnel.

“Among the capabilities we established is a surgery room on one of our major ships,” Ayalon stated, speaking to journalists by conference call. “We in the Israeli Navy and IDF [Israel Defense Forces] welcome cooperation with NATO. I am really happy to say that NATO sees the Israeli Navy as a partner in the eastern Mediterranean, in this case, for medical aid.”

Read more at JNS

Related Articles:

UK boycotts Durban conference over ‘historic concerns of anti-Semitism’

The British government has confirmed it will not send a delegation to the UN's anniversary of the Durban conference over historic concerns of anti-Semitism and Israel hatred. A great...

PA rejects vaccines from Israel prompting three other countries to ask for them instead

Three countries have contacted Israel to inquire about the possibility of obtaining vaccines rejected by the Palestinians in recent days if Ramallah indeed decides it doesn’t...

As Israeli swimmers celebrate score, Spanish TV presenter accuses Israel of ‘genocide’

A commentator on a Spanish TV channel accused Israel of "genocide" and claimed Israel's involvement in international sports was "whitewashing" the alleged actions of the...

Jewish man assaulted by anti-Semitic mob in Jerusalem

Arabs on Thursday evening attacked a haredi man at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, throwing rocks and vegetables at him until he was injured. He managed to escape his...

IDF neutralise terrorist who threw explosive at troops

A 16-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, allegedly after hurling an explosive device at them, died of his injuries on Thursday. The Israel...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK