Oketz Photo Gallery 1

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Training


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A operator and his dog in the unit compound 1974. The dog in the photo, Steve, is a legendary dog in Oketz. It was among the few dogs that formed the unit back in 1974 and was the first dog killed in action in the infamous Misgav Ham hostage rescue incident in 1980. The raid involved both PALSAR Golani and Sayeret MATKAL and another dog part from Steve - Tommy - was also killed in the raid.

 

The unit's founding operators and their CT dogs during training in 1974.

 

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Right - an Oketz operator armed with a AK47 and two Dobermans during training with Shayetet 13, 1975. Left - Shayetet 13 operator wearing special protective gear since he played the terrorist in this simulation. The two Dobermans seen in the photo were Steve and Tommy. They two dogs used to work and train together and were killed by terrorists fire in the Misgav Ham Kibbutz incident in 1980.

 

Two dogs resting during training.

 

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Oketz operator and a dog during training.

 

Oketz operator and his dog during raining. The operator is equipped with an ITL N/SEAS and armed with a CAR15 fitted with an ITL AIM1/D.

 

Preparing to attack a target during training.

 

Oketz operator and his dog taking a short break during training. Note that the dog is wearing a specialized harness which allows the operator to easily carry or lift the dog when deploying from vehicles, climbing stares or entering building. Some canine harness are also compatible with the operators tactical vests so that the dog can be attached to the back of the vest in situations where the operator needs to use both hands such as fast roping or rappelling.

 

LOTAR Eilat operators during training with a Oketz operator and his dog. Note the markings on the walls, which resulted from paintball and Simunition training.

 

Oketz operator and his dog share a moment of bonding during training.

 

During training.

 

A dog finds a training land mind during training.

 

Taking a break between missions on an IDF Hummer.

 

A dog checking out an IDF M113.

 

Oketz operator and his dog standing next to an AIL Sufa.

 

A bonding moment between a operator and his dog.

 

Training in the obstacles course.

 

A operator plays with his dog.

 

During training.

 

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting Oketz. Left operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a stock, a flip-up sight, a Meprolight MOR, a forward grip and a flashlight; right operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, a Meprolight MOR, a forward grip and an AN/PEQ-14 (photo: Government Press Office).

 

U.S. Army soldiers joint training with Oketz operators and their dogs during Exercise Noble Shirley 2015. Oketz operators are armed with M4 Commando fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21 or Meprolight MOR, forward grips, and blank adapters (photo: IDF).

 

Oketz operator and his dog during training. The operator is armed with a Glock and wearing a helmet fitted with an AN/PVS-23 (photo: IDF).

 

Oketz operators and their dogs from eating Sufganiut - a type of donut, which is a traditional dish served during the Jewish Hanukah holiday (Photo: IDF).

 

Oketz female operators and their dogs (photo: IDF).

 

Oketz operator and his dog during training. Note a blank firing attachment. IDF heavy armored vehicles are seen in the background (photo: IDF).

 

Oketz operator and his dog during training (photo: IDF).

 

Oketz team posing for a group photo during a training day at the beach. Note that all operators are armed with Shorty CAR15.

 

Oket’z operator and his dog during training (photo: Yoni Nissan).

 

PALSAR 401 operators and Oketz operator and his dog (second from right) during training. From left to right: operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with an ITL MARS, a rail system, a forward grip and a flashlight; operator armed with a M4A1/M203 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight; Operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a forward grip and a flashlight; and a operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 sight and a flashlight. Note desert pattern uniforms and camouflaged weapons.

 

Oket’z dog attacking a simulated terrorist armed with an AK47 during training.

 

Oket’z operator and his dog during training.

 

Oket’z operator and his dog during training. The operator is armed with a Shorty CAR15 as well as a handgun in a thigh holster. Note a compensator.

 

Oket’z operator and his dog during training. The operator is armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, an ITL MARS, an AN/PEQ-14, a forward grip and a rail system.

 

Oket’z operator and his dog during range training. The operator is armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, ITL MARS, a flashlight, a forward grip and a rail system. Note the dog ear protection.

 

Oket’z operator armed with a Sig P228 during training.

 

Oket’z team posing on top of an airplane wing during training at the IDF Counter Terror School. All operators are armed with handguns in thigh holsters.

 

Operator and a Blood Hound dog.

 

Oketz demonstration with a simulated terrorist (photo: Life Magazine).

 

Oketz operators and their dogs during a demonstration (photo: Life Magazine).

 

Oketz operators and their dogs wait to receive the unit's insignia at the unit's end of training ceremony (photo: Life Magazine).

 

Oketz operator and his dog at the unit's end of training ceremony.

 

A operator and his dog.

 

 

 

 

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