Defending Israel on the ocean floor

Deep under the sea, it was pitch black on the ocean floor off the northern Israeli coastline, and navy divers were working tirelessly to install a secretive sonar station. They were members of the Israel Navy’s Unit for Underwater Missions, an elite naval unit set up in the 1980s.

In the depths of the Mediterranean several months ago, they worked in shifts, in an environment that resembled an alien planet. Their gear, designed to enable them to survive in the most hostile conditions, resembled that of astronauts.


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