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Israel’s Elite Shayetet 13 Navy Commando Unit to Welcome Women to Its Ranks

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The Israeli Navy's elite Shayetet 13 commando unit will be including women in its operations soon. PHOTO: IDF.

The Israeli Navy’s elite Shayetet 13 commando unit will soon recruit women. PHOTO: IDF.

In the upcoming year, the Israeli Navy will invite women to join new teams of draftees to the Shayetet 13 super-elite commando unit, Israeli military news site Pazam reported on Monday.

The recruits will serve in the fields of electronic warfare and navigation, and in other classified positions covering technical aspects of Israeli naval operations, as well as the operation of Shayetet 13’s vessels.

The Israeli Defense Forces website noted that the integration of women into technical roles within the commando unit began two years ago.

After the success of this effort, other positions have now also opened up to women soldiers, said military officials.

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Of the array of equipment now operated by women in the unit, most is classified. The only weapon officials were cleared to discuss was the “Morena” speedboat used for raids both near the shore and in deep waters. With the speedboat, Shayetet 13 has carried out a variety of classified operations, most notably the interception of vessels smuggling weapons.


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