Mrs. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, launched the first Israeli built missile boat the?
GV Crew and cadets march past at opening ceremony (2 shots)
LV Flag being hoisted up ship side
LV Mrs. Meir and party arrives at dais
LV Navy hand over ship to captain
LV Mrs. Meir moves to carry out launching ceremony PAN TO champagne bottle
LV Israeli navy flag on stern of ship
LV Champagne bottle breaks with help from captain.
LV Missile ship guided away from dockside escorted by tug (2 shots)
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Background: Mrs. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, launched the first Israeli built missile boat the INS "Reshof" at Israeli shipyards in Haifa on Monday.
The launching came just over two weeks after Israel first disclosed it was building a fleet of high-speed missile boats which would more than triple its strike range on the high seas.
At the launching ceremony Mrs. Meir emphasised that the ship was Israeli built from beginning to end and therefore symbolised the Zionist dream of Jewish labour in the Jewish homeland.
May the ship, she added, bring the day nearer when they would build ships which would carry goods instead of guns.
The steel hulled boats, which cost 10 million dollars (GBP 4 million sterling) are equipped with two 76 mm guns and seven Gabriel sea-to-sea missiles, and can cruise at 32 knots. (37 miles an hour).
Until now Israel's navy has been based on 12 French built gunboats, five of them spirited out of Cherbourg in 1969 after the French imposed a Middle East area embargo.