In this five-star studded resort town, where pleasure craft ply crystalline waters beyond sandy Red Sea shores, less than three minutes can make the difference between a dream vacation and a terror-fueled nightmare.

“Our response must be very rapid. We’re talking mere minutes once threats breach our sovereign waters,” says Lt. Eldad Nissim of the Snapir (Fin) Unit, Israel’s maritime sentries for homeland security.

Part of the Israel Navy’s 915 Routine Security Squadron, Nissim and his coed four-person crew are trained to monitor and respond to surface and underwater threats in the Gulf of Eilat. […]