Wasp Amphibious Ready Group Completes Deployment

NORFOLK (NNS) — More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a six-month deployment when the ships arrived at Norfolk Naval Station and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dec. 24.While deployed the Wasp ARG/22 MEU team operated in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations (AOO) conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and supporting Operation Odyssey Lightning (OOL) in Sirte, Libya.“This ARG/MEU team has had an exceptional deployment at … [Continue reading]

Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

 Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met today with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The meeting took place in Tel Aviv ahead of Secretary Carter and Minister Liberman’s participation in the arrival ceremony for Israel’s first two F-35 fighter aircraft. The delivery of the F-35 is a symbol of the United States’ unshakable commitment to Israel’s security, and will ensure its qualitative military edge in the region for decades.   Secretary Carter and Minister Liberman discussed the … [Continue reading]

Carter Helps Top Israeli Officials Celebrate Arrival of F-35s

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016 — At Israel’s Nevatim Air Base this evening, Defense Secretary Ash Carter helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and hundreds of observers celebrate the arrival of two F-35A Lightning II jet fighters the United States sent to one of its most important Middle East allies.The fighters are the first of 50 aircraft that will help build the future of the Israeli air force, Carter said, as part of a memorandum of understanding signed this year in which the United States pledged an unprecedented $38 billion in security … [Continue reading]

Air Mobility Command enables delivery of Israel’s first F-35s

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Air Mobility Command Airmen worked around the clock to ensure Israel’s first two F-35 aircraft were delivered Dec. 12, making the U.S. ally the only country in the Middle East flying a fifth generation fighter aircraft. The 618th Air Operations Center, based out of Scott AFB, Illinois, assigned the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire ANG’s 157th ARW and Pennsylvania ANG’s 171st ARW the critical mission of providing vital aerial refueling support en route to Israel. The 618th AOC … [Continue reading]

Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

 Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met today with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The meeting took place in Tel Aviv ahead of Secretary Carter and Minister … [Continue reading]

MKs Haskel, Yonah on official visit to Chile to strengthen parliamentary ties

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(MKs Haskel and Yonah meet with Chilean officials) In the framework of the strengthening of ties between the Knesset and various parliaments in Latin America, MKs Sharren Haskel (Likud) and Yoseph Yonah (Zionist Camp) traveled to Chile for an … [Continue reading]

Chinese Parliament Speaker Dejiang to visit the Knesset next week

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Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress of China, is scheduled to visit the Knesset this coming Tuesday as a guest of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. The National People`s Congress is the national … [Continue reading]

Knesset Speaker Edelstein to address European Conference of Presidents of Parliament this week during PACE session in Strasbourg

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Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein will leave for Strasbourg, France on Thursday to take part in the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament, which will be held in the framework of the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the … [Continue reading]