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Eshkol Deplores Lack of Israeli Seamen for Country’s Merchant Ships

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol deplored last night the fact that many Israeli merchant ships still had to be manned by foreign seamen. He spoke at a festive Navy Day gathering here.

The Premier said that Israel’s sea strength depended not only on its warships bit also on its merchant fleet. He also said the Navy had been strengthened both in its surface and submarine units to carry out its task of deterring any hostile action against Israel’s shores and ships.