A new commander holding the rank of colonel has assumed leadership of the IDF's naval commando unit, Shayetet 13.
The previous commander, Col. S., served in the role for three years and is leaving to pursue academic studies.
Under Col. S.'s leadership, the unit carried out dozens of operations, mostly secret, on a particularly large scale and beyond Israeli borders. Navy Commander Major-General Ram Rothberg said at a ceremony Tuesday that Shayetet 13 commandos have mounted complex missions under fire.
"You remained undaunted throughout all missions and showed noted valor fighting under fire," he told the commandos.
Missions under fire (Photo: IDF's Spokesperson's Unit)
"The Navy today is required to reach anywhere where evil threatens the safety and wellbeing of Israeli citizens.
"You have been required to demonstrate the highest levels of planning, training and execution in all possible combat arenas and have taken immediate action at every operational turn. Under Col. S.'s leadership Shayetet 13 has been at the forefront of the IDF's activity. "
The unit's new commander, Col. R., joined Shayetet 13 in 1990 where he took on a line of roles, including battalion commander and brigade commander.