|Years of service||1964–1996|
|Commands held||Commander of the Israeli Navy|
|Battles/wars||Six Day War
War of Attrition
Yom Kippur War
1982 Lebanon War
South Lebanon conflict
Alex Tal made aliyah from the Soviet Union in 1964 and enlisted in the Israeli Navy. After his training he served on the first Missile boat the Israeli Navy received. He also participated in the Cherbourg Project. During the Yom Kippur War, he participated in Battle of Latakia as a captain amongst one of the missile boats. After the war, Tal continued to serve in the Israeli Navy. His posts included Commander of the missile boat fleet and the IDF Military attaché to Chile.
In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Aluf and became Commander of the Israeli Navy. Under Tal's command the INS Dakar, whose location remained a mystery for nearly thirty years, was found. In 2000, Tal's term as commander of the Israeli Navy ended and he retired from the IDF.