TEL AVIV (Jul. 14)
The acquisition of two submarines from Britain is only the beginning of important steps to strengthen Israel’s Navy, Chief of Staff Chaim Laskov said today in a Navy Day message.
At a Navy Day celebration in Haifa, Commander S. Tankus, one of the submarine chiefs, and his officers reported on four major objectives achieved by the Navy last year. These were: an increase in the preparedness of naval units, improvement in equipment, intensification of exercises and acquisition of the undersea craft.
The naval leaders also reported that Israel’s destroyers were in good condition and that their crews were well trained and equipped for anti-submarine warfare.