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Israel Buys German Ships to Protect Gas & Oil Rigs in Mediterranean

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Israel and Germany have signed a 430-million Euro contract to provide the Jewish State with four ships to protect natural gas and oil rigs in the Mediterranean.

The Defense Ministry announced the deal on Monday with the arrival in Tel Aviv of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen for an official state visit.

Included in the agreement was a special grant of 115 million Euros provided to Israel by the German government.

The project is being funded via the Exclusive Economic Zone through a budget separate from that used for defense.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Dan Harel, managing director of the Defense Ministry, said the acquisition represented “a dramatic improvement in the navy’s ability to protect strategic sites for the State of Israel.”

The four patrol corvette-type vessels are to be built by the TKMS German shipyard in the city of Kiel near Hamburg. All will be equipped with Israeli combat systems.

The shipyard is owned and operated by the TK Consortium, which has committed to a reciprocal purchase from Israel. TK Consortium has agreed to buy at least NIS 700 million in Israeli defense product under the terms of the contract.

Given the equipment with which the vessels are to be loaded, Israel’s defense industry will be busy for the next five years, when the vessels are to arrive.

Dolphin submarines currently in use by the Israel Navy were produced in the same shipyard.

IDF Selects First Female Commander of Navy Ship

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Navy has selected Captain Or Cohen to become the first woman appointed as an IDF Navy ship’s commander, according to an IBA report.

Captain Or Cohen currently serves as a navigation and communications officer.

Cohen will be first appointed as deputy commander of a navy vessel, and following that will go on to take the Navy’s advanced commander’s course.

Naval commander General Ram Rothberg said this is part of the decision by the Navy to further integrate women into key command positions.

Women began to serve on IDF naval vessels in 1999.

In Israel, the army and navy uses the same ranking system. Captain is the equivalent to a Lieutenant in the US Navy, and a General is the equivalent of a Rear Admiral (upper half).

ICC Nixes Probe of 2010 Clash on Gaza Flotilla Vessel

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The International Criminal Court at The Hague has decided not to investigate the 2010 incident involving clashes between Israeli commandos and IHH terror activists aboard a “humanitarian” flotilla headed for Gaza.

The clashes took place aboard one of six vessels in the flotilla, the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ship, which was found when searched to be carrying no aid supplies whatsoever.

It did, however, carry armed activists who were itching for a fight and more than prepared to start one. As soon as the Israeli soldiers began to board their vessel to take control and bring the ship to Ashdod port – since the flotilla had ignored Israeli orders to change course and avoid Gaza on its own – the activists attacked the commandos with crowbars, knives, chains and other weapons. Some soldiers were hurled overboard into the sea. Several were tied up.

But the soldiers who were behind and following saw the attack and realized what was happening, and they launched a counter attack. Ultimately, nine of the terror activists died in the clashes, including eight Turkish nationals and one American.

Prosecutors at the ICC found that although there was a “reasonable basis” to believe the Israeli commandos may have committed war crimes during the incident, they did not fall under the jurisdiction of the court.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who at the time was the country’s prime minister, has milked the incident to distance his government — and his country — from  its regional ally, Israel.

Until the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the two nations were close allies, but Erdogan flew into a rage when Israel launched a counter terror operation in summer 2006 against the Hamas terrorist organization, created by the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group which Erdogan strongly favors.

Since that time, Erdogan has constantly sought excuses to slap at Israel and to dissolve the close economic, military and strategic relations that have been developed between the two countries over the years.

Hamas ‘Fishing’ for Cease-Fire Violations’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Israeli Navy has toughened up on Gaza fishermen who continue to sail past the limits that Israel r ally expanded as part of the last cease-fire agreement, and maritime soldiers arrested seven fishermen, according to the federation of Gaza fishermen.

IDF spokesmen confirmed that “two vessels sailed beyond the permitted fishing zone” even though the Navy fired warning shots for them to turn around when the boats traveled 1.8 nautical miles past the limit.

Soldiers fired rubber bullets, injuring one Gaza man lightly.

The problem is not with fisherman, most of whom are not involved in terrorism. The problem is that if they can freely sail past the limits, terrorists used the fishing boats as cover.

The recent escalation in the need for the Israel Navy to fire warning shots to heed off Gaza vessels comes on weeks after Israel agreed to double to six nautical miles the waters where Gaza fishermen are allowed to operate.

 

 

Yemenite Chabadnik Paints Gigantic Flag Seen from Jordan (Video)

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Jordanians across from Eilat have a new view of Israel today, hours before the beginning of Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, thanks to the work of Yemenite Chabadnik Roni Pilo who has painted a gigantic flag on an Eilat Navy hangar that covers almost an entire acre.

The display of the flag can be seen clearly from the Jordanian shore and cities across from the Gulf.

Pilo worked for three weeks, day and night, to finish the work in time for Memorial Day on Monday night and Tuesday, followed by Yom Ha’atzmaut.

The idea was the brainchild of Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzchak HaLevi, and work was carried out with the help of contributions from the French Jewish community and Tambour Paint Company, which donated 740 gallons of paint.

Pilo used special techniques to utilize light and shade and mixed six different shades of blue and six hues of white to make the flag display appear as if it is 3-D and moving on the hangar at the Israeli Navy base.

Mayor HaLevi said he came up with the idea to improve the aesthetics of the huge hangar.

He said there was no intention to irritate anyone, especially the Arabs across the waters. “We are not here to annoy anyone,” he said in a statement quoted by the Yediot Acharonot newspaper.

“Wherever the flag can be seen, that is all the better,” he added. “We have no reason to apologize for that. Displaying the flag permanently in Eilat, an international tourist and sports city that hosts 3 million people a year from Israel and the entire world, demonstrates our national pride and love for the country.

Navy base commander Ilan Mintz said, “There is nothing more symbolic the day before Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers…than a strong and loving embrace.”

The base will be open to visitors on Yom Ha’atzmaut.

IDF to Protect Israeli Gas Fields

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Israel’s new offshore natural gas platforms can turn out to be an easy target for terrorist organizations and so according to Reuters, Israel’s navy, the IDF less frequently mentioned branch, will be seeing a boost in the range of its operations and in its future budgets.

Captain Ilan Lavi, head of the navy’s planning department, told Reuters: “We have to build an entire new defensive envelope. But you can’t have a defense system that costs more to build than the gas itself.”

The Tamar natural gas field, which became operational this week, is located 50 miles west of Haifa, in water that’s 5,600 ft. deep. It was the first large-scale hydrocarbon resource claimed by Israel.

The Leviathan gas field is a much larger field, located 8o miles west of Haifa, in water that’s 4,900 ft. deep. The discovery of that gas field has created the foundation for close collaboration between Israel, Cyprus and Greece.

Estimates are of close to a trillion cubic meters of gas underwater overall, with drilling costs coming to more than $2 billion. A defense system for the platforms (there will be as many as 20) will cost $700 million to build and $100 million to maintain each year, according to Lavi. “We can do it with less, but it means the system will be less adequate,” he said.

The fast patrol boats can reach the platform from Ashdod harbor in 40 minutes, carrying a squad of soldiers armed with M-16 rifles.

The Gaza Strip is at about an equal distance from there, and as the Reuters’ story notes, the same mid-range rockets that hit Tel Aviv last November could be trained on the drilling platforms.

Then there’s the Hezbollah in Lebanon, which sits on an estimated 50 thousand rockets, itching to be launched.

Oil platforms off Nigeria have been hit repeatedly, according to Reuters, and suicide bombers launched coordinated boat attacks on an Iraqi oil export terminal in 2004.

“These incidents illustrate that terrorist organizations have become aware of the potential damage that may be inflicted through attacks on the offshore oil and gas industry,” Assaf Harel, a legal adviser to Israel’s Military Advocate General’s Corps, wrote last year in a Harvard security journal.

The two Israeli gas platforms already employ private security teams, but the scope of their activity is obviously limited to the immediate area. And as the platforms start to be frequented by tankers, an entirely new kind of protection will be called for.

Using the Israeli navy will mean utilizing not just its swift boats, but the IDF intelligence and strategic capabilities as well. As Captain Lavi put it: “We have a response for every scenario.”

Three Females Among IDF Naval Officer Course Graduates

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

This week the 124th class of IDF Naval Officers, including three women, completed their training and were stationed on deck Israeli Navy vessels. One of them, Lieutenant (junior grade) Or, has been a professional swimmer for seven year before enlisting, and Lieutenant (junior grade) Omer’s father has been a skipper for many years and she has been sailing since she was ten years old.

As to the dynamics on board a Navy ship, the female naval officers know they are expected to flawlessly overcome every challenge, exactly like their male counterparts.

“In the beginning you have to prove you are here because you deserve to be here, without any favors or shortcuts,” said Omer. “Once you complete the training, the male soldiers treat you like one of the guys, the differences are barely noticeable. We feel extremely comfortable.”

While most IDF women serve only two years, these three officers have already served through the 36-month naval officers’ course, as graduates will be required to sign up for at least an extra 16 months.

“Some people don’t understand why I’m here, since right now I could already be released from the army and start my life,” Or said, smiling. It turns out there’s an unexpected upside to her extraordinary commitment: “Boys ask me about my military service, what it’s like to succeed and complete the course. It’s extremely encouraging,” she said.

Who can resist a woman in uniform?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/three-female-among-idf-naval-officer-course-graduates/2012/03/22/

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