Head of the Israeli Navy Ram Rothberg attends a memorial ceremony held at sea by Israeli sailors from the navy’s newest submarine, the INS Tanin. The ceremony was in memory of the personnel of the INS Dakar, which sank 435 km. off the coast of Haifa in 1968. September 21, 2014.
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Israel’s first German-made Dolphin II nuclear-capable submarine is on its way to Israel, Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg said at a naval ceremony in Haifa Tuesday night.
The German weekly “Der Spiegel” reported that the submarines have a nuclear capability and will help Israel defend against an Iranian nuclear threat.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has denied that the submarines have a nuclear capability but sources have noted that all indications from Germany’s Defense Ministry are that the submarines can carry nuclear weapons.
Dubbed INS Tanin, the Hebrew word for “crocodile,” the sub “can dive deeper and further and for longer and work more powerfully than anything we have previously known,” the naval commander said.
In five years, the scheduled arrival of two more nuclear submarines from Germany will bring to six the number of subs in the fleet.
The boat on its way to Israel can remain under water for extensive maneuvers for weeks without surfacing, far longer than the submarines now in the fleet.
The Tanin officially was launched by Israel two years ago, as seen below, but it remained there for trial runs and the finishing touches before sailing to Israel this week.
Two new advanced submarines are about to be put into action this year, according to the IDF Spokesperson.
Given the threats facing the Jewish State from Gaza and the north, it is none too soon. Iran is busily supplying its proxy terror groups with weaponry at every opportunity, often by sea.
The Dolphin-class INS Crocodile and the INS Rahav were both acquired from Germany in 2012. Both demand updated skills from the soldiers who will submerge below the surface of the sea within their walls.
“These new submarines have new systems and therefore new capabilities,” said Maj. Y, commander of the training school where recruits learn new roles for the control panel and sonar, among other skills. “Among these are greater stealth and the ability to stay longer under water.”
The new submarines use AIP (air independent propulsion) technology that enables them to stay underwater longer. They also produce less noise, are equipped with advanced naval weapons systems, improved detection capabilities, and maneuver more easily.
“They are larger than the previous ones,” he added. “In the event of a clash with strong water currents, the new steering station is designed to allow them to move more easily,” he explained.
One long retraining course took place for veterans, in addition to the regular submariner course, Major Y added. “Each submarine team consists of veterans who qualified in Germany, submariners and other veterans who were retrained, and new soldiers who enlisted when their course was adapted to the new submarines.
“Obviously the goal of the training is to be relevant to the reality in the field,” he said. Treks of six to 20 kilometers, the use of digital simulators and tours in a submarine are included in the training, he added.
Israel received the INS Tanin – its fourth Dolphin class submarine – on Thursday, in an official ceremony at the Kiel shipyard in Hamburg, according to a statement released by the Israeli government.
Senior Israeli officials and their German counterparts launched the INS Tanin, “considered to be among the most advanced and sophisticated submarines in the world, and will be Israel’s most expensive piece of military equipment.” The submarine cost approximately $500 million, one-third of which was funded by the German Government, and is slated to arrive in Israel next year.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak – who last month signed an agreement to procure a sixth submarine – said that “the submarine will be another force multiplier in terms of the capabilities and strength of the IDF and the State of Israel in the face of the growing regional challenges.
The Navy has been undergoing a number of strategic changes in recent years,” he continued. “Changes that place it as the long arm of the IDF, at the very forefront of the campaign to secure the State of Israel.” The fifth Dolphin submarine will join the fleet in 2014.
Israel and Germany signed a contract purchasing the Israeli Navy’s sixth submarine Wednesday. It is an SSK Dolphin Class submarine.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Defense Ministry CEO Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Shani and secretary of state of the German Federal Defense Ministry, Wolf Rudiger attended the signing ceremony for the purchase.
Last year the newspaper The Welt am Sonntag reported that German chancellor Angela Merkel conditioned the sale of the sixth Dolphin on Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. The sale of the submarine, from a German high-tech dockyard to the Israeli Navy had been held up for a year, until the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu released $100 million in blocked funds which it passed over to the Palestinian Authority in April, 2011.
Navy Commander, Maj. Gen. Ram Rothberg addressed the purchase of the new submarine while speaking at the naval officers’ graduation ceremony: “Strategically, especially today, I am pleased with the approval and signing of a contract purchasing the Navy’s sixth submarine, 54 years after submarines were first put into use in the Israeli Navy. The strength of IDF and the State of Israel, and its operational flexibility, will grow ten fold,” said Maj. Gen. Rothberg.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that “the sixth submarine multiplies the force and capability of the IDF and the State of Israel in the face of the growing challenges. The agreement indicates our cooperation with Germany and the German government’s obligation to the security of Israel.”
Barak stressed that “the Israeli Navy has been undergoing strategic changes over the past few years, placing it at the helm of Israel’s security and the extent of the IDF’s capabilities.”
Israel has added another Dolphin-class submarine to its fleet, after consummating a deal with Germany a few weeks ago, according to a Jerusalem Post report.
The deal had been in the works for a year, and Germany announced in November 2011that it had consented to the deal. Media reports had claimed that the German government was considering backing out of the deal in response to Israeli construction in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, which Germany considers ‘occupied territory’.
Germany has agreed to partially subsidize the submarine’s construction, in addition to the two that are currently being assembled in Germany.
Israel’s submarines reportedly carry cruise missiles with nuclear warhead payloads, furnishing second-strike capability.