More than 180,000 pounds of live munitions were fired, and thousands of military personnel took part in the exercise

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A jet fighter landed on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush on Thursday during a four-day military exercise carried out by the U.S. and Israel.

Photo: Dion Nissenbaum/The Wall Street Journal

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH—Thousands of American and Israeli military personnel joined forces this week for an unprecedented exercise intended to send a message to adversaries like Iran that the U.S. isn’t turning its back on the Middle East, even as it focuses on the war in Ukraine.

After four days of war games stretching from the Mediterranean Sea up into space, the U.S. and Israel fired more than 180,000 pounds of live munitions in the largest joint exercise ever carried out by the two allies. U.S. jet fighters roared off this ship, which served as a key hub for the military exercise off the Israeli coast, as top generals from both countries gathered on board to take stock of the week’s operations.

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