Photo Credit: IDF Spokespersons Unit
The INS Rahav Dolphin-class submarine.

The INS Rahav is on schedule to arrive in Haifa on Tuesday.

It’s the fifth of Israel’s fleet of Dolphin-class submarines.

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Rahav, ordered in 2005, left the German port of Kiel in December, with a special sendoff from Israel Navy Commander Admiral Ram Rothberg.

The Rahav was unveiled by its builder, the German Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipbuilding company in April 2013, but then required more work to become fully operational.

It is more than 67 meters (220 feet) long and weighs more than 2,000 tons. The submarine can hold a crew of approximately 50, according to the Israel Navy.

The diesel-powered vessel features an air-independent propulsion system operating through a fuel cell instead of using oxygen-dependent sources. This allows the submarine to stasy underwater for longer periods – potentially weeks at a time, according to navy officials.

The Dolphin-class sub was to be greeted upon arrival by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Admiral Rothberg.

The officials are expected to join in a ceremonial flotilla of warships and water craft celebrating the submarine’s arrival. Rahav becomes part of the new naval fleet with the Dolphin, Leviathan, Tekuma and Tanin at the Haifa Naval Base.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

13 COMMENTS

  1. So a terrorist state built by the German right wing social party, Israel being an offshore military base in desperation for the Germans and is in no way an actual state, now has nuclear submarines from Germany? Why? What do the Germans fear beyond Palestine, Iran, or Syria?

  2. English, please?

    Firstly, no "German right wing social party" was controlling the UN's actions in 1947.

    Secondly, while Germany has certainly supplied armaments as a matter of business between the Israel government and the German military industries, the only German troops quartered in Israel on a regular basis are Embassy personnel, as far as anyone knows, so "offshore military base in desparation for the Germans" doesn't ring true, either.

    And "now has nuclear submarines" is certainly an artless turn of phrase, as German-built submarines have been in service in Israel for 20 years. Furthermore, the article plainly states the boats are diesel-powered; you conflate the potential armament of the ship with its powering system in order to inflame sentiment in potential readers.

    And I don't think the sale is based on German fear, but realistic evaluation of history by the Israeli government, which has had to fight for its life militarily more times in 68 years than any other first-world government I can think of.

    #begone_troll

  3. As Kevin from southwest baptist illustrates, zionists from Texas and the Caroline's are also apart of it for oil…that's your Bush 9 /11 connection. Texas acts as an independent state consumed by war and oil and helps cover up its own as well as Israeli acts of murder and terror like the liberty etc…

  4. Ryan Condarcure Lol another anti-Israel uneducated person,yay! You know absolutely nothing about the world other than your conspiracy theories that are being fed by the media or other conspiracy theorists which would make you a hypocrite,liar,media sponge and more importantly a person that lives in Pittsburgh that knows everything that is going on in the world whilst sitting in the safe zone of your suburb. Shh boy.

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