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Gen. Hosni Daher said he was hopeful that this new phase in Lebanon's maritime presence would lead to improved equipment and a greater role for the Navy.Lebanon's naval capacities are in need of an upgrade, Daher said, as most of the ships are old and small.The quality of equipment impacts the Navy's ability to have ships at sea at all times, Daher added.For many, choosing to join the Navy was inspired by curiosity.Daher added that along the two sectors, there are different Navy centers that assist the main bases in maintaining the state's authority in its maritime territories.The Navy was responsible for monitoring the shoreline during the 2006 war, and suffered personnel and equipment losses during the conflict.The Navy also offered extensive support to the Army in 2007 during the battles that went on for months in north Lebanon's Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp between Islamic extremist militant group Fatah al-Islam and the Army. The Navy includes around 2,000 soldiers and 110 officers who are distributed between the Beirut and Jounieh bases, departments and centers.
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