Royal Moroccan Navy and US Navy to Launch Advanced Bilateral Naval Exercise

Moroccan Royal Armed Forces, together with its US counterpart, is preparing to launch a naval exercise, with the participation of members from the Royal Moroccan Navy (RMN), the Royal Moroccan Air Force, and the US Navy

This March, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces, together with its US counterpart, is preparing to launch a naval exercise, with the participation of members from the Royal Moroccan Navy (RMN), the Royal Moroccan Air Force, and the US Navy, which will allocate giant and advanced war equipment.

In this regard, the United States Embassy in Morocco revealed Wednesday, March 3rd, that this naval exercise aims to improve joint work between the US Navy and the RMN in many areas of defense, especially surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air and strike warfare, combined logistics support, maritime interdiction operations (MIOs).

Among the most advanced war equipment that the US Navy will allocate, there is the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, which operates with a nuclear engine, weighing 114,000 tons, and a length of 332.8 meters, which will be assigned to the “Lightning Handshake” exercises.

The “USS Dwight D. Eisenhower” group includes 3200 officers and sailors in addition to 2,480 pilots; the ship can carry 90 warplanes and helicopters, and travel 56 kilometers per hour, with a construction cost of 4.7 billion US dollars.

As for the Moroccan-American naval exercise, Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, commander of the aircraft carrier, said, on behalf of sailors assigned to “IKE CSG”, “it’s an honor to participate in this historic bi-lateral maritime exercise; hallmarking 200 years of an enduring partnership with Morocco.”

“Exercises like Lighting Handshake enhance the foundation of our interoperability and continued support of our long term commitment to security in the region” he noted.

According to the US embassy in Morocco, this naval exercise is intended to increase the capacity of the US Navy, the Royal Moroccan Navy, and the Royal Moroccan Air Force, with the aim of working together to face security challenges and increase stability in the region.

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