Some 25 kilometers off the Israeli coastline, under a searing late summer sun, the INS Lahav Sa’ar-5 class missile ship slowed down, coming to a stop near a drilling rig in the Yam Tethys gas field. Nearby, a Rafael-produced Protector unmanned sea vehicle, equipped with a remote control weapons station, sped through the shiny blue Mediterranean waters, carrying out defensive maneuvers.

Inside the darkened INS Lahav’s Battle Information Center, a myriad of computer screens flashed data to operators who are in charge of defenses, offensive capabilities, and intelligence gathering.

The Israel Navy on Wednesday chose to reveal some of its defensive doctrine for Israel’s Exclusive Economic Waters and its strategically vital gas drilling sites, which form highly visible and attractive targets for enemies like Hezbollah and Hamas. […]