During a joint Navy and Air Force drill, Israeli Navy captain reassured reporters at The Jerusalem Post that “we are training for everything they [Hamas] can throw at us.”
A dozen kilometers out to sea, the sailors on board one of the navy’s Super Dvora patrol boats were preparing for one of their nighttime drills, working closely with the air force to simulate the evacuation of a wounded comrade.
These drills, which take place once every few months, are aimed at preparing the sailors for the next war with Hamas. While common, a nighttime drill with the IAF’s heavy transport helicopter is unique.
“It’s not only the sailors who are training. Tonight, the pilot and crew of the Yasur are training with us, as well,” the ship’s commander, Capt. Guy Banspach, told The Jerusalem Post. “We must make sure that we are able to work together, especially at the most critical moments…
“We are training for everything they can throw at us,” he said. “Hamas will never be able to surprise us.”