The navy used to be the least considered of Israel's armed forces. But a new?
LV PAN Saar gunboat line astern
LV ZOOM IN Gunboats
SCU Flags flying from mast (2 shots)
SV INT Wheelhouse (2 shots)
LV Gunboat seen through porthole
GV Gun mounting in stern of bat, other ships following
SV & CU Gunners on ship (3 shots)
GV Reshed class & other ships travelling at speed (5 shots)
VARIOUS SHOTS OF SAAR CLASS GUNBOATS IN LINE ASTERN; SUBMARINE; VARIOUS SHOTS ON BRIDGE AND GUNDECK OF GUNBOATS; VARIOUS SHOTS OF GUNBOATS; VARIOUS SHOTS OF RESHEF GUNBOATS TRAVELLING AT SPEED.
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Background: The navy used to be the least considered of Israel's armed forces. But a new gunboat, built and armed in israel, has recently added considerable striking power to the navy. this new ship, of the Reshef class, is seen in this rare film of Israeli manoeuvres at sea.
Also among the gunboats and submarines taking part in the exercise were examples of the Saar class -- five of these boats were spirited out of Cherbourg Harbour by the Israelis four years ago.
The new Reshef class vessel has twice the firepower of the Saar gunboat and three times its range -- making it useful for coastal defence and for backing up raids such as the recent strike against guerrilla leaders in the Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: In the Mediterranean -- rare film of the Israeli navy going through its paces before the news cameras. The gunboats are examples of the Saar class. Five of these ships were spirited out of Cherbourg harbour on Christmas Eve four years ago -- when the French Government suddenly announced an embargo on the supply of arms to Israel.
Just now the effectiveness of Israeli sea power is in question. There have been widely expressed fears of arab commando attacks upon the cruise liners bringing Jews to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Israel's founding. The Israelis have long claimed that their gunboats were a match for Egyptian missile boats, which sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat after the 1967 war
Now a new class of missile vessel, the Reshef, is flying Israeli colours. It has been built and armed entirely in Israel. It's claimed to have twice the firepower of the Saar class boat, and three times its range. so the navy, of long the least considered of the Israeli armed forces., now has a new strike potential. The Reshef class missile boat has an important role in coastal defence, and in giving support to raids such as the recent strike into Lebanon.