Type 45 Destroyer HMS Duncan and the Spanish frigate Victoria docked in the Israeli port city of Haifa at the weekend.
Local media has reported that this is the first time that a Spanish frigate has docked in an Israeli port. For the British however this is the third visit in as many years, recently helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, then flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, docked in Haifa.
The visit will reportedly include meetings between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts, as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise.
“The exercise underscores NATO’s commitment to the strategic relationship with the Israel Navy and to the maintenance of stability in the region,” the IDF said.
NATO cooperates and discusses its activities with numerous other non-NATO members. The Mediterranean Dialogue was established in 1994 to coordinate in a similar way with Israel and countries in North Africa.