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First Woman to Command Vessel in Israeli Navy

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Israel Navy patrolling off Haifa. Photo IDF

Israel Navy patrolling off Haifa. Photo IDF For the first time a woman has been appointed a vessel commander in the Israeli Navy.

Captain Or Cohen, who is currently a navigation officer on a missile boat, will become deputy chief of a patrol boat pending final confirmation by the Israeli Navy’s commander Maj.-Gen. Ram Rothberg, who gave the initial approval Thursday.

“The navy made the decision as part of a policy to promote and integrate women on its ships and in meaningful command positions,” said Rothberg, Yedioth Achronoth reported.

“The process was based on professional considerations in light of her quality performance as officer on a missile boat,” said the head of the Navy’s manpower division, Colonel Michal Teshuva.

During this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Cohen participated in a mission that intercepted a ship smuggling weapons from Iran to Gaza.

“My life’s dream is coming true,” Cohen said. “I’m very excited and I’m grateful for the opportunity and the trust the senior command has in me. As an IDF officer, I believe in the integration of women into meaningful combat roles and I’m glad that I’ve been given the chance to have influence.”

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