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Israel Shipyards new 24M Landing Craft starts sea trials.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by Israel Shipyards on March 17, 2024, the Israeli firm has announced the commencement of sea trials for its newly unveiled 24m Landing Craft.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 New 24M Landing Craft. (Picture source: Israel Shipyards)

The utility of landing craft for the Israeli Navy, as underscored by recent acquisitions, reflects a strategic evolution in addressing contemporary and historical military challenges.

The Israeli Navy has integrated new landing craft, like the INS Nahshon, into its arsenal, marking a significant enhancement in its amphibious and logistical capabilities. These vessels are not only pivotal for transporting troops and equipment but also play a crucial role in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Their design allows for operations on unprepared beaches, highlighting their versatility in various operational contexts​​.

Historically, the Israeli Navy has executed numerous amphibious landings, which have been instrumental in outflanking enemy forces and securing strategic advantages. Notable examples include operations during the 1982 Lebanon War, which underscored the tactical significance of such capabilities.

Despite a period of reduced emphasis on landing craft following the decommissioning of older vessels, the Israeli Navy has reinvigorated its focus on these assets, underscoring their enduring value in modern warfare. This renewed focus is evidenced by the acquisition of advanced vessels designed to enhance the Navy's operational flexibility and its ability to project power effectively​​.

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