Former Israeli Navy commander passes away

IDF (Zahal) salutes Admiral (res.)  Avraham Botzer who headed the Israeli Navy from 1968-1972, profoundly contributing to the security of the State of Israel

Date: 04/06/2012, 3:53 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Admiral (res.) Avraham Botzer, the Israeli Navy’s eighth commander, passed away yesterday (Sunday, May 3). Maj. Gen. (res.) Botzer, 83 at the time of his death, leaving behind a wife and a daughter.
 
IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the General Staff Forum, commanders, and soldiers solute his memory and send their condolences to his family. His funeral will take place at the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.
 
Admiral (res.) Botzer will be laid to rest in a military ceremony, escorted by six Major Generals. The According to the family’s request, IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson assures there will be be no press coverage of the funeral.
 
The IDF (Zahal) salutes Admiral (res.) Botzer on his many years of service and his profound contributions to the security of the State of Israel.
 
Avraham Botzer was born in Poland in 1929 and immigrated to Mandatory Palestine at age eight. In 1946, he joined the Palyam, the sea force of the Palmach. He served there in a variety of command and instructional positions. He assisted in the smuggling of Jewish immigrants into pre-State Israel. With the formation of the IDF (Zahal), he enlisted in the Israeli Navy.
 
In 1954, Botzer was appointed chief of the Operations Branch of the Israeli Navy. In 1955, he was sent to England  in order to obtain new naval destroyers, but with the beginning of the 1956 Sinai Campaign he was summoned back to Israel. In 1957, he returned to his position as chief of the navy’s Operations Branch. Two years later, Botzer became Deputy Chief of the Sea Division. In 1963, he began a commanders course in England.
 
Avraham Botzer was appointed chief of the Israeli Navy’s Manpower Division in 1964, and two years later he began his studies in finance and political science. In 1967, following the conclusion of his studies, he was appointed chief of the Navy’s Sea Division.
 
In 1968, Admiral Botzer was appointed Commander of the Israeli Navy, a position that he held until 1972. His term was rich in operational activity, in addition to a heavy focus on developing and strengthening the Navy, both in its equipment and in its soldiers’ skills.
 
Following his retirement from the IDF (Zahal), Admiral (res.) Botzer served as CEO of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline, a position that he held for over 20 years.