The Israeli Navy completed a major exercise in the Sea Red early Wednesday morning, a simulation which is usually undertaken once or twice a year. The 24-hour exercise included every naval combat soldier currently in service, according to the commander of the exercise, underscoring the massive scale of the operation.

Among other scenarios, the exercise involved real-life simulations including the hijacking of civilian vessels by terrorists, terrorist infiltrations into Israel via the sea, attacks on naval vessels and more. In particular, the Israeli navy’s focus in the Red Sea is the rising threat from the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which security experts fear intends to launch attacks against Israel. READ MORE