UAE and Bahrain hold naval exercise with Israel
Part of: Prelims and GS-II – International Relations and GS-III – Defence and security
- The five-day manoeuvres in the Red Sea, which is linked to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, are intended to “enhance interoperability between participating forces.
- The exercise aims to safeguard freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade, which are essential to regional security and stability.
About Red Sea
- The Red Sea is a semi-enclosed tropical basin, bounded by northeastern Africa, to the west, and the Arabian peninsula, to the east.
- The basin extends between the Mediterranean Sea, to the north-west, and the Indian Ocean, to the south-east.
- At the northern end, it separates into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez, which is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal.
- At the southern end, it is connected to the Gulf of Aden, and the outer Indian Ocean, via the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.
- It is one of the youngest oceanic zones on Earth.
- The unique habitats of the Red sea support a wide range of marine life, including sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins and many endemic fish species.
- Coral reefs mainly extend along the northern and central coasts