מחבר: אוראל אלחדד
Monday, February 25th, 1974. During the lunch, blustery weather, under thick secrecy leave two sample missile Saar 4 ins reshef and arc, Haifa Port and depart toward the horizon. They are one of the unique arm has operations, kpatha of Africa and to the new us in the bsharam Ali al-Sheikh. These were the days after Yom Kippur war. After prolonged fighting that has yielded many achievements are impressive, the Sea decided to implement its plan to expand their control of the Suez Canal scene thus allowing you free the Chinese region BMS separateness. To that end, it was decided to build the new סטי”לים party at sea, which consists of the missile boats sa’ar 4 model built specifically for the unique conditions. At the same time, the Suez Canal was blocked by Egyptian forces and to reach Sharm el Sheikh they encompass the entire African continent.
The kpatha of Africa is a task many unique sets of challenges before the ships. First, it is a voyage of over 15000 miles, that are deployed across a month-old sailing close to enemy countries, and most of them are outside the scope of the assistance of the air force. Before operation conducted preparation including numerous practice deployment logistic supplies and refueling at sea from merchant vessels and the planner of the missile boats that also included intermediate stops at various points in South Africa. The port was under the cover of secrecy to minimize the risk of enemy fleets locate ships at sea and try to attack them, and they arrive the dock ship ofira on April 1, 1974 the Egyptian army and surprised the u.s. military couldn’t locate any missile ships went up to plgtan.
Ins Keshet hammered by a dealer at sea.
In the first part of the voyage have Keshet ins and reshef, onboard each 50 warriors to cross the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic Ocean. The trip was in turbulent weather conditions in proximity to enemy countries, such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. Rocket ships in movement speed of fuel savings. Five days later ins Keshet and reshef successfully cross-Straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean, thus starting the second part of the operation, the trip to South Africa. From now on the verge of tension drops substantially.
Rainbow cruise ins and behind ins reshef
On 7 March 1974, 11 days from the beginning of the operation notified about the ships crossed the Equator into the southern half of the Earth, world Director, crossing the Equator for the first time in my life is a symbolic event, accompanied by a traditional ceremony. A few days later, on 12 March the ships arrive at the port city at the siimonstown Cape Town, South Africa. When the teams met at Cape Town with the Jewish community and achieve remission experience.
The document received by teams in equator crossing ceremony
After docking in the siimonstown ships depart for Durban city, South Africa. On 20 March a message from brother system a problem in a flash drive and download speed. It seemed that there is a problem with one of the screws of ins reshef. 707 divers only pair (ילת”ם) who joined the operation spotted thick rope wrapped each root axis screws. After many attempts, which included improvisation for the cranes, sawing the impeller and eventually using explosives to dismantle the propeller, were able to free the stuck problem addressed. In a week’s delay in the schedule for the final ships normal?.
The sets are put through the Bab Al-nadav, vigilance at its peak, the transition information from many power struggles throughout history. 28 km wide, Straits of Bab Al volunteer serves as the gateway to the Red Sea for vessels. On Monday, 1 April 1974, ins and Rainbow are blow toward reaching the Sharm el-Sheikh. Rick Bay, the sea is quiet and only the mountains are in the background. With the docking, the crews of those ships a short ceremony, accompanied by their families and the arm, making him one of operations, unique history of missile boats flotilla.
Arrival in Sharm el Sheikh in April 1974.
After the arrival of ins and Arc Flash, four סטי”לים and two landing craft to the scene and thus began an era of naval supremacy at Sea Sea arm, until the signing of the peace agreements with Egypt and the Sinai withdrawal in April 1982. Operation ‘ reputation ‘ is an example of determination and will power the sea wing fighters. The ktsoaiotam and their fighting spirit led time and again to outstanding achievements and rich heritage not be forgotten.
Translated from Navy website