During the War of Independence, the Israel Navy undertook a number of actions and campaigns which led to Israel’s command of the sea, despite the clear superiority of the enemy naval force. The most impressive Israeli naval operation during the war was the sinking of the Emir Farouk – the flagship of the Egyptian fleet – and the damaging of an Egyptian minesweeper which had been escorting troops and equipment to be landed in the combat areas.

In the post-war years of 1948-1955 the Israel Navy laid the foundations for its buildup. Vessels, guns, radar and electronic equipment were purchased; combat doctrine developed; sea training upgraded.