Israel C-130J Delivery Ceremony VIP Reception
Remarks As Prepared by
Chairman, President and CEO
Marillyn A. Hewson
Nevatim Air Force Base, Israel
April 9, 2014
Thank you, General Hacohen, and good afternoon everyone.
I am delighted to be here today to commemorate the delivery of Israel’s first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. I am especially honored to mark this occasion in the presence of so many brave and talented members of the Israeli Air Force.
All of us at Lockheed Martin are proud to support the Israel Defense Force in its mission to protect and defend the State of Israel. We feel privileged to bring you the world’s most advanced technology to meet the complex and dynamic security challenges of this region, and we are proud of our decades-long partnership.
Today we mark the latest milestone in that important partnership, and we celebrate the longtime friendship between Israel and the United States of America. This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance.
This aircraft is worthy of its given name, Shimshon… a leader whose power was thought to be as mighty as the sun. Shimshon used his power to combat the enemies of Israel and perform heroic feats.
In the same way, this aircraft will support the defense of Israel and the men and women who are the heroes of the Israeli Defense Force.
The C-130 family has played a critical role in the Israeli Air Force for more than four decades, and this C-130J – along with the additional aircraft scheduled to join the fleet in the coming years – will ensure the continued strength and technological superiority of the IAF in this critical region of the world.
In honor of this historic occasion, and on behalf of the 115,000 men and women of Lockheed Martin, I am proud to present a memento to commemorate this important milestone. General Eshel and General Hacohen, would you please join me?
These glass C-130J models were handcrafted by artisans. They represent the precision and workmanship our employees put into your aircraft and the pride we take in supporting our friends and partners in Israel.
From all of us at Lockheed Martin, please accept these as a sign of our commitment to you and the people of the Israel Defense Forces.
Today, we have had the pleasure of commemorating some of the critical missions and amazing accomplishments of Israel’s storied C-130 fleet.
As this new generation of C-130Js join you here, I am confident they will continue that legacy of service.
Thank you again for your warm welcome today, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
I would now like to introduce Major General Eshel – Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force – to share his thoughts on this historic occasion.