TEL AVIV (Dec. 26)
Indicative of the great significance attached to anti-submarine warfare by Israel is the publication of a number of articles and an editorial in Israel’s Naval Gazette dealing with submarine warfare in the second World War and modifications since.
The Gazette stressed the seriousness of submarine warfare against the beleaguered Jewish State, but noted that it was dangerous not only for Israel but for the entire Middle East region. Surrounded on three sides by hostile Arab nations, Israel has only its maritime lifeline to bring in the bulk of food and economic supplies necessary for the continued existence of a nation.
The same issue also discussed the tactical aspects of submarine warfare during the late World War, with particular emphasis on fighting the undersea craft. Israel’s Navy now includes two frigates purchased from Britain which were designed for anti-submarine warfare and were equipped with the most effective World War II depth charge set-ups. More recent developments in the field, however, are forcing Israel to look for new devices, the Gazette reported.