Israeli C-130 airlifters today concluded their participation in Southern Strike, the only foreign nation to participate in the two-week drill involving elements from the US Air Force, Army and Navy.

Hosted by the US Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, the cross-service drill involved a full spectrum of tactical airlift operations conducted over large swaths of the US south.

Israel Air Force reserve Brig. Gen. Eden, whose last name was withheld for security reasons, said the Israeli component for this year’s exercise involved three Israeli C-130s — two legacy aircraft and one of its new C-130J planes — conducting more than 60 sorties in day and night operations over varied terrain. […]