A naval “Wasp” patrol boat capsized about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the Ashkelon coast on Monday 19 Shevat 5774. Five soldiers on board the vessel began swimming to shore. They were picked up by a Dabur patrol boat on the way. Other naval vessels were dispatched to recover the capsized boat. The cause of the incident is under investigation. B”H there were no injuries.
The Wasp has extensive maneuvering capabilities. The vessel is generally manned by 4 to 5 crew members, used to secure ports and transport divers. It is capable of intercepting targets and reaching objectives near beaches. It can travel at speeds up to 40 knots and it is armed with a large machinegun and anti diver bombs.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photo: A Wasp as shown on the IDF Navy website)