Last week, an IDF intelligence report was published with a clear warning – the danger from Hezbollah and the Lebanese sector is higher than the threat from the south. Hezbollah’s secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah, himself referred to the report on Tuesday, warning Israel that a deterioration would lead to a war that had not been seen for a long time. Indeed, subsequent confrontations with Hezbollah may show otherwise and incorporate outlines that have not been increased in the past – the threats from the sea. This is exactly why the IDF is holding a training session this week that simulates extreme scenarios and high-intensity combat.
Squadron 914 in the Navy is responsible for the security of the northern sector – from Rosh Hanikra and south. It is responsible for day-to-day security, but it is also the one that will also address these Hezbollah threats, to the extent that they are carried out, whether during days of battle and war or attempted terrorist attacks.
During the week the sailing fighters participated in a special exercise held 24 hours a day. The exercise involved all of the 914 Squadron’s tools – wasps and bees, along with tails, and in collaboration with the Air Force, which participated in the exercise with owl helicopters, which simulated rescuing wounded from vessels.
And the practice of rescuing the wounded is of paramount importance, This is because the IDF also understands that they may suffer casualties in the fighting against Hezbollah in the naval sector as well. “An extreme scenario is the injury of a bee, the injury of fighters.”, Explained Captain Emery Katz, commander of the Persian Regiment in Squadron 914 in the Navy who led the exercise. “We also took medical teams with us to simulate extreme scenarios and train the teams in them,” the officer said in a conversation with Maariv.
“In training we dealt with all the possible scenarios. Whether it was a missile hit of different types, whether it was a hit of a vessel. And more than that, dealing with a vessel. In the end our goal is to reach them before they hit us. Our medical teams came in. To action to simulate a real multi-casualty incident, and while dealing with the terrorist activity.In the end we practice here Marine intrusion into the area, dealing with vessels, over and underwater, also aerial intrusions. We also performed from a range on air targets such as pilots, which simulated aircraft that came to terrorist activity, “said another Captain Katz.
Scenarios from the sea, from the depths and from the air
The fighters of the voyage, as stated, routinely carry out routine security operations of defense and patrol in the North Sea Strip. The decree does seem quiet but full of possible threats, so the practice of the warriors in extreme situations is important. “In order to bring the fighters into these situations we do training. This training, its purpose was to make the fighters also get into a state of fatigue in the exercise, and while performing activities in the T.S. A state of routine, states we have every day on the northern border. And at sea with it also go to extreme scenarios of operation of a developing situation, in combat or in an extreme scenario, “the officer said.
And like Hamas’ commando unit, which has intensified over the years, the IDF is preparing for the possibility that Hezbollah will also carry out attempts to attack from the sea. The corps explains that the enemy is serious and the threats are serious: “The enemy is constantly gathering intelligence, the enemy is constantly checking us and our reactions. There will also be attempts from the sea. We also perceive Hezbollah as a serious enemy. It is an enemy with different threats and abilities compared to different sectors. We perceive him that way and we are preparing to come out on top in any scenario that happens. ”
“Hezbollah’s naval force,” Captain Katz emphasizes, “As Hamas’ naval force intensifies, so does Hezbollah with the force in naval outlines., Also in front of the wall that has been built in recent years. “The sea is becoming a focal point that is more relevant from their point of view, more relevant to the intrusion of a vessel, of divers or of an injury to a bee, in a vessel that is there in order to maintain the border.”
The exercise was held off the coast of Acre and involved many vessels and aircraft, during which various pyrotechnics were used to simulate damage to vessels. There is no doubt that the location, the amount of tools and the “show” in the exercise did not go unnoticed by Hezbollah. “The training is not meant to convey a message, I believe they have noticed the abnormal activity of the tools, and have noticed that there is a large training happening here and happening. The land threat, the air threat, the sea threat – their threat is intensifying. The capabilities. And we do our best to prepare for it.” , Captain Emery Katz concluded.
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