Israel and US conduct bilateral amphibious exercise in Eilat

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on November 2, 2021, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) began conducting a bilateral amphibious exercise in Eilat, Israel.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) is seen transiting the Arabian Sea (Picture source: US Navy)

The exercise includes military operations in urban terrain, infantry live-fire training, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) live-fire and rapid maneuvering training, as well as professional exchanges on various topics including engineering, medical and explosive ordinance disposal.

USS Portland (LPD-27) is the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy. While it is the third ship to bear the name 'USS Portland,' it is the first ship to be named solely after the largest city in Oregon.

The landing deck of USS Portland is able to accommodate two Sikorsky CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters, six Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, four Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, or two Boeing Bell MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. It has also a hangar with the place for one Sea Stallion, two Sea Knights, three Super Cobra helicopters or one MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.