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Israeli Navy to Undergo Extensive Modernization Program

March 29, 1968
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The heads of purchasing missions of the Israel Defense Ministry all over the world met at a conference here today to discuss problems of securing supplies and equipment for Israel’s defense forces. Moshe Kasti, director-general of the Defense Ministry, disclosed that except for delivery of the Mirage jets purchased by Israel before the June war, France is adhering to the letter of all other agreements to supply Israel’s Army. He also revealed that Israel’s Navy is undergoing an extensive modernization program and is being equipped with the latest weapons. The Navy, the smallest branch of Israel’s defense complex, has suffered proportionately the greatest losses since the Six-Day War. The destroyer Elath was sunk by Russian-built Egyptian missile craft off Sinai last fall. In February, the newly purchased submarine Dakar disappeared with all hands in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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