Israel Navy sailors in hot water over visit to Greek brothel
The incident allegedly took place during free time sailors received after completing a joint training exercise with the Greek navy.
The Israel Defense Forces is investigating claims that sailors who serve on naval missile boats had sex with a prostitute at a Greek brothel during a break from training last month.
They were then awarded a medal by their superiors for losing their virginity, according to the website of the Maariv daily.
"The claims will be fully investigated, and if they are found to be accurate, this is a serious ethical incident that will be dealt with severely, as required," the IDF said in a statement.
The incident allegedly took place during free time sailors received after completing a joint training exercise with the Greek navy and docking at the Athenian port of Piraeus. When they returned to the boat, it was said, the sailors told everyone aboard what happened.
The Israeli sailors attended a reception that featured the attendance of the Greek defense minister, Panos Panagiotopoulos, and chief of staff. About a month ago the commanders of the Greek and Israeli navies met in Israel.
In 2009 Eli Marom, the commander of the Israel Navy at the time, apologized to then-Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi after being discovered at a Tel Aviv strip club.
In his letter, he wrote that he was aware that "the incident is not compatible with what is expected from an officer of my rank" - and received a reprimand from Ashkenazi.
The same year, officers who covered up for errant soldiers were dismissed from their posts. That incident took place during an army course that trained soldiers to be company commanders.