The close relationship between the IAF’s Aerial Maintenance Unit and the Navy’s Shipyard, proves that jointness between forces doesn’t have to be only operational, but can also be techno-logistical. An impressive cooperation that reaps impressive fruits
Vered Talala & Orel Elhadad
Every year the IAF and IN (Israeli Navy) participate in various operations, from targeted attacks, through protecting Israel’s borders and to gathering intelligence. The extent of the IDF’s naval vessels’ and aircraft’s activity is immense, as the platforms operate 24/7 in order to protect Israel. The intensive operation of submarines, fighter jets, missile boats and transport helicopters pose a challenge for technical personnel.
Units like the IAF’s AMU and the Navy Shipyard work around the clock in order to maintain the availability the IDF requires in routine and in combat. Among other things, they are responsible for repairing aircraft & vessels, testing different systems and upgrading platforms.
In the past two years, as a result of the strengthening of the concept of jointness and cooperation between the different corps, the relationship between the IAF and IN has strengthened significantly. This cooperation is led by Col. Dudi Yossef, Commander of the Shipyard and Col. G’, Commander of the AMU.
Photography: Adi Abu
Between the Sea and the Sky
“The units have similar functions in their respective forces”, explained Col. G’. “Our job is to provide technological support for the force’s activity. Although we work on aircraft and the shipyard works on naval vessels, sometimes the technologies and systems we use are similar and even identical, therefore, the cooperation is effective for both sides”.
“The mutual solutions we share are based on years of experience the units have. We share knowledge in different fields in order to find common solutions”, explained Col. Yossef. “We help each other with everything we can and many times our cooperation introduces long term, efficient solutions and faster response”.
One of the positive outcomes of the cooperation between the Shipyard and the AMU is saving funds. “We do not only share knowledge, but also resources. The AMU and the Shipyard provide services that the other unit cannot instead of purchasing equipment from civilian companies, a process that saves a lot of time and money”, specified Col. Yossef. “For example, we have a diving bell system that serves the Underwater Missions Unit’s divers. A part of the bell is constructed from a canopy similar in its traits to an aircraft canopy. Over time, the canopy faded and we had to polish it. The navy does not have this ability, so we could not decide how to deal with this issue. In the end, it was decided that we would transport the bell to the AMU in order to polish it, despite having nothing to do with flight. We were able to use an ability that exists in the IAF for our operational need”.
Since the relationship between the units began, the cooperation has only strengthened. If in the past, most of the discussion was between the units commanders, today it has expanded to include various ranks, from the senior command to the enlisted soldiers. “We deal with different fields that are relevant to both sides”, emphasized Col. G’. “Our cooperation is realized in many fields, even in the smallest things”.
Photography: Adi Abu