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Dramatic strengthening of military capability from the sea: Israel purchased two landers from the United States | Israel Today

2022-05-23T04:58:40.974Z

Objective: Fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon • As part of an exercise held in Cyprus, the IDF leases similar vessels from Greece and Italy



Israel purchased two landings from the United States for the IDF and the Navy, Israel Today has learned.

Landings manufactured at a shipyard in the United States and are expected to arrive in Israel one after the other in the coming months, with a difference of about two months. The Navy has been preparing to receive the landings for a long time.

In order to absorb the new landings, the Navy established a new platoon at the Navy base in Ashdod, which will also operate them when they become operational.

Like all weapons of war received in the IDF, after their absorption, the new landings will undergo a series of operations in which Israeli systems will also be installed. Past experience shows that this is a long process that lasts months.  

Fighting against Hezbollah

The landings will also serve as a logistical axis for the fighting forces, and will allow the IDF to transport the fighters by sea in case it becomes difficult to reach them with equipment and food by land. 98, training for the surprise of the enemy in the depths of its territory - whether by parachuting, or by landing small forces using tools already in the possession of the military.

The new landings will expand the options available to the military.

The IDF will also hold a large divisional exercise in Cyprus next week, where forces from the 98th Division are to train in an unfamiliar area in an outline of combat against the IDF. Hezbollah.

But in order to transfer the soldiers, their equipment and vehicles, the army hired for the exercise two landers from the Greek army and a ship from Italy. 

Navy flotilla in Eilat (archive), Photo: Sea Spokeswoman

Landers are a common vessel in the various navies in the world, and even countries like Greece, Turkey and France hold landers.

This is also not the first time that the navy has been in possession of land, and the veterans still remember their activities in many of the Israeli wars until 1993, when the IDF stopped holding the ability to land from the sea.

Place of state

The old landings were used by the navy in the early days of the state, during the Independence Day war, when Israeli landers set out to land infantry for a raid on an Egyptian artillery battery near Ashkelon.

During the Holy War in 1956, the Israeli landings sailed from Eilat to Sharm el-Sheikh and transferred the 9th Brigade, which went down south.

During the Six Day War, landings aided the conquest of Sharm el-Sheikh, and during the War of Attrition, armored landings landed on the west bank of the Gulf of Suez.

During the Galilee Peace War in 1982, armored forces and armored vehicles landed on the shores of Lebanon.

With the departure of the IDF from the last landings in August 1993, the flotilla received a commendation from the then commander of the Navy, Major General Ami Ayalon, for "determination, resourcefulness and courage." "Bold and complex landing operations, such as landing armored forces on Abu Dragh beach in the war of attrition and landing armored forces and infantry in the Galilee peace war on the coast of Lebanon, while overcoming difficulties posed by the battlefields and the competence of the vessels."

Maj. Gen. Ayalon also wrote: "The landing squads led the ground forces to their destinations on an enemy coast, more than once under fire and in daylight while showing courage, dedication to the mission, improvisation, resourcefulness and professional skill."

Ami Ayalon, in 2019,

The IDF spokesman said: "As part of the war month exercise, the IDF will use Greek platforms and Italian vessels, to practice transporting logistics equipment and transferring fighters who take part in the exercise and the missile ships of the naval arm will take part.

As part of the work plan for 2023, two vessels of the LSV (Logistic Support Vessel) model will be absorbed, which will be used by the navy and the IDF.

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Source: israelhayom

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