Todays’s SOF Pic of the Day features some Israeli pipehitters, members of Shayetet 13.  They are part of the Israeli Navy and are a well-established special operations forces unit. They specialize in maritime reconnaissance, counter-terrorism missions, maritime intelligence gathering, and maritime hostage rescue. Does this sound like any American units you may be aware of? That’s right; there is little surprise that they are compared to the US Navy SEALs and British Special Boat Service (SBS).

Their motto:

“As the bat emerges from the darkness, As the blade cuts through with silence, As the grenade smashes in rage.”

Shayetet 13 logo
The “bat wings” logo of Shayetet 13, the Israeli Defense Force Naval Commando unit. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

A Proposed Uniform Modification

Drawing of Batman SEALs
The ears may be a bit much.  Or maybe not; they would give you some lateral stability underwater. And you could work a rebreather into that Bat-mask. Original artwork from SOFREP using AI




Watch Shayetet 13 at Work