New Israel military insignia
Fleet History and Organization
From its founding, the New Israeli military has been an integral part in the colonies' society. In a culture based on survival, and with known and active enemies, strength of arms is a fundamental need.
The New Israeli navy of 2194 is newer and more cohesive than ever before. In the wake of the Homeland War, which destroyed most of the extant fleet in 2173, New Israel embarked on a massive program of rebuilding and refitting, the pace of which only increased with the pace of the Intersentient War. The navy is part of the unified Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) - or Tzi Hagana L'Israel (Defense fleet/navy of Israel - abbreviated the same way as Old Israel's defense forces as Tzahal - same as ground forces). Military ships are designated as Anyat Tzva'i Israeli (Israeli Military Ship - ATI, or Aleph Taf Yud ), while civilian ships are Anyat Israeli (AI, or Aleph Yud)
Before the Homeland war, the fleet was comprised largely of purchased, retired, or salvaged NAC, NSL, and sometimes FSE ships, plus a number of smaller native ships resulting from Israeli-Japanese cooperative design efforts. The diversity of ships rarely fit into cohesive groups. The current fleet is entirely native and purpose built. Organization is geared primarily towards the defense of the three NI systems and their major population centers. Each system has a dedicated defense fleet, with the home fleet at Epsilon Indi being the strongest. Three "deep range" fleets; Two carrier-based and one cruiser-based usually reside in-system unless called out for specific duties, which can include convoy escort, exploration, retaliation, mercenary function, etc. The Deep Range Escort Fleet can attach itself in whole or part to any of the other fleets, or operate on its own. Three Hunter-Killer groups are usually looking for trouble between systems or in outlying routes. The intelligence wing operates a small number of fast surveillance and spy ships. Customs and local policing duties are performed by Shlishim (triads, or triplets) of Corvettes acting in similar roles as the old wet-navy coast-guards. Reserve forces are small, mainly retired and obsolete vessels that pre-date or survived the Homeland War and were not refitted. As the last of the newly constructed ships come on line, more of the surviving older ships will be retired.
New Israel pioneered the Stealth hull at Midbar Ghostworks, and the low-profile, sensor-resistant hull materials cover all ships of the fleet. The radical fringe at the Ghostworks is also trying to perfect an organic/mechanical hybrid hull.
Aggression by NI is only justified if it feels its safety threatened (though definitions of 'threat' and 'safety' vary to some extent within the NI government). NI reacts swiftly, viciously, and finally in defense or retaliation. It will not attack civilian population, but it will excise any active military threat it can find, no matter where it hides. The more hawkish within the government feel that if a group appears to pose a threat, it is by definition not civilian. Hawks are currently well balanced within the government, however.
New Israel sometimes acts pre-emptively, but only after long and careful internal deliberation and assessment of the cost in lives and resources, and the ripples it will cause in its foreign relations (usually not visible to the outside). _Something_ will have been learned from the political history of Old Israel on Earth, although sometimes internal pressures and politics may force it to act and live with the external consequences.
Planets/bases are heavily (to the point of paranoia) defended. New Israel itself (defended by bases and the bulk of the NI fleet at most times) would require a substantial part of a major power's fleet to take out. It is theorized that the entire IF fleet en masse could do it, but at a steep price.
New Israel Navy
Ships of the Line - GZG Beta Test designs
Ground and Interface
Impoortant ship from the past
The mercenary arm fights by contract. No contract is undertaken without clear economic, strategic, intelligence, and/or security benefit for New Israel. All contracts have an emergency extraction clause which allow forces to break contract (with due compensation) in the event of recall to defend the homelands.
Last Update May 31, 2000, NRI