Dabur (Hornet) Squadrons
The Dabur patrol boats are used for securing the Israeli coastline. They reached Israel at the end of the 1970s. During the Yom Kippur War, the Dabur patrol boats prevented the Egyptian attack in the Red Sea area. They attacked Egyptian enemy moorings and destroyed many speed boats and rubber dinghies with Egyptian commandos who were ready to advance on Israeli targets.
During the 1980s, it was decided to upgrade the performance of the Dabur patrol boats. A number of renovations were introduced, which significantly improved maneuverability.
The Dabur boats play an essential and important role in the securing Israeli coastline. To date, Dabur crews have succeeded in overcoming dozens of terrorist infiltration attempts via the sea, and have succeeded in sinking numerous terrorist boats.
In 1988, the Dvora was added to the Dabur fleet. Manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries, the Dvora's construction is based on the Israeli Dabur; its is however, almost 2 meters longer. It sails at a speed of 37 knots.
Source: Israel Defense Forces