The Israel Navy appointed a new commander to head the Red Sea sector this week –
at a time when southern naval activities are growing in strategic
Navy Cmdr. Ilan Mintz took over as commander of the southern
coastline from Cmdr. Zvika Shahar, who served in the post for nearly three
“The activity in this arena is significant for the security,
sovereignty, and maritime assets of the State of Israel,” said Navy chief Adm.
Ram Rothberg at the swearing-in ceremony on Monday.
“In a place where the
ranges are short and the warning time during an event is minimal, the ability to
arrive at the scene of a terror incident must be immediate,” Rothberg
He described the Navy’s continuous security activities in the Red
Sea as “extraordinary,” and vowed that Israel’s “southern gate will remain
secure in the face of every challenge.”
The Navy chief praised “the
special strategic connection between Israel, Jordan and Egypt,” adding that he
looked forward to continuing cooperation.
Mintz referred to the Red Sea
area as “challenging... with maritime and land borders of neighboring
states, in a complicated time.”
As outgoing commander, Shahar said the
Navy had reached “new heights” in weaponry and advanced infrastructure during