The IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, on Tuesday awarded a citation to the Israeli Navy’s Commando Unit, Shayetet (Flotilla) 13. In addition, a medal of appreciation was awarded by the Chief of Staff to the Missile Boats Flotilla (Flotilla 3) and certificates of appreciation to the Submarine Flotilla (Flotilla 7), as well as other classified Navy units.
These awards were given as a sign of appreciation for a series of operational activities as part of a campaign led by the Israeli Navy over the last year.
The awards ceremony took place at the Israeli Naval base in Haifa and was led by Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, the Commander of the Israeli Navy, VADM Eli Sharvit, the Commanding Officer of the Israeli Naval Base in Haifa, RADM Gil Aginsky.
The elite commando unit was cited for groundbreaking covert operations, carried out using operational and technological innovation while demonstrating courage, determination, creativity, and composure.
“Along with all these words of appreciation, there are still soldiers who put their lives on the line for Israel’s security, and those are the Flotilla 13 Commanders and Combat Soldiers,” said Kohavi. “You have demonstrated resourcefulness, initiative, and determination. This determination defines not only you but the entire Israeli Navy. I am very proud of you. You have shown great courage, professionalism, and both of them led to a direct contribution to the security of the State of Israel.”
VADM Sharvit said, “The secret of naval power is found in the connection between the cutting edge of the Flotilla 13 combat troops, who have just received this citation, having worked with determination, composure, sophistication, creativity, and courage, together with our long-reaching arm above the water – the Missile Boats Flotilla.
“The Missile Boats Flotilla, which was awarded a medal of appreciation after thousands of hours at sea amid the waves, across the seas, in the north and in the south, acted determinedly, sharply and precisely in leading the forces to their operational destination. Equally as important, is the connection with the long-reaching arm underneath the water – the Submarine Flotilla which operated with caution, exceptional professionalism, great dedication all while suiting itself to the challenges at hand.”
[Source: Israel National News]