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      Israel Navy Produces 98th Round of Submarine Commandos

      Israel’s 98th Submarine Commando course has ended, marked by a festive ceremony in the Israel Navy Base in Haifa.
      By Hillel Fendel
      First Publish: 12/27/2010, 12:37 PM / Last Update: 12/27/2010, 1:59 PM

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      Israel’s 98th Submarine Commando course has ended, marked by a festive ceremony in the Israel Navy Base in Haifa.

      The new maritime fighters were granted their ranks and sailors' pins following their successful completion of the year-long course, which included three parts: Basic training, submarine systems, and small boats; advanced training in specific areas; and hands-on operations. The Submarine Commando is a volunteer unit.

      Correspondent Haggai Huberman reports that the graduates will assume combat positions in detection, navigation, machinery, communications, control, weaponry, and sonar. They will take up their new roles as early as next week.

      IsraelNavy Commander Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Marom told the submariners and their families and guests at the ceremony, “The Submarine Commando was established over 50 years ago, and has taken part in countless national security operations. The daring and courage of the submariners, and the professional manner in which they operate this advanced war machine, are the secret of the commando’s success.”

      The objectives of the Submarine Commando is to destroy enemy ships, ensure control of port entries, espionage, and provide aid to other Israeli forces. The Navy’s Dolphin subs are among the most advanced conventional submarines in the world, and are the IDF’s most complex and expensive items.