Navy Missiles Sink Enemy Ship in Simulated Attack on Gas Rigs

An Israeli Navy Sa’ar 4.5-class missile boat. (IDF)

Just as the foundation for the mammoth Leviathan offshore gas rig arrived, the Israeli Navy performed a rare live-fire test of its sea-to-sea missile system designed to protect that and other natural energy facilities vital to the economy.

A brief video released by the navy showed the launching of the missiles from Sa’ar-4.5 model corvettes in a simulated attack on the country’s natural gas platforms. Four ships fired missiles simultaneously at an old cargo freighter used for an enemy vessel, the military said.

“We simulated an enemy ship coming to harm our strategic facilities and, with coordination at sea and in the air, we destroyed it,” says Col. Guy Goldfarb, commander of the navy’s gunship fleet. The outdated vessel was due to be junked in any event.

“This kind of exercise requires two and a half months of preparations. It was a highly irregular exercise in its scope and size — all of the gunship fleet was in the water,” Goldfarb said.

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