The city of Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia, witnessed the launch of a military maneuver to ensure the safety of sea lanes in the Red Sea, with the participation of 5 coastal countries, including Yemen, and “Apache” aircraft for the first time.
This came according to a statement and statements by the commander of the Red Wave exercise, Major General Yahya Asiri, reported by the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya channel.
The statement stated that “the city of Jeddah witnessed today, Sunday, the launch of the Red Wave 5 exercise, which is being carried out by the Western Fleet with the participation of the countries bordering the Red Sea.”
The statement added that “the participating countries are: Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen, in addition to the Royal Saudi Air Force, border guards and ground forces,” without specifying the duration of the exercise and the number of participating forces.
In an interview with Al-Ikhbariya, Asiri said that “the exercise witnessed the first participation of (American) Apache helicopters.”
He expressed his hope that “the corresponding versions of the exercise will witness more development according to the units entering the service.”
He added: “No one can carry out operations alone, but it is necessary to work with all other parties in the armed forces.”
In early January 2019, Saudi Arabia hosted in its territorial waters in the Red Sea the first version of the “Red Wave” maneuver, with the participation of the same five countries.
In the same month of the following year, Riyadh announced the signing of the charter establishing the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with the aim of protecting the security of the Red Sea corridors.
The compact alliance includes Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan.