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April 29, 2013 9:56 am

Israel Receives Fifth Dolphin-Class Submarine from Germany

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Israeli officials at a ceremony in Kiel, Germany to receive a Dolphin-Class submarine. Photo: IDF.

Israel received its fifth Dolphin-Class submarine Monday in an official ceremony in Kiel, Germany.

The CEO of the Ministry of Defense, Major General (Res.) Ehud Shani, the Commander in Chief of the Navy, Rear Admiral Ram Rutberg, joined by additional Israeli and German officials inaugurated the fifth Dolphin-Class submarine with the breaking of a celebratory champagne bottle on the hull of the submarine.

INS Rahav is to arrive in Israel within the year. The Dolphin is considered to be one of the most advanced and cutting-edge submarines in the world, and possesses numerous capabilities fit for a large variety of missions.

Israel’s first three Dolphin-class submarines are believed to be some of the most advanced diesel-electric submarines in the world.

Germany donated the first two submarines after the First Gulf War and split the cost of the third with Israel. The fourth was received last year. In March 2012, Israel signed a contract for a sixth submarine, meaning that by the end of the decade the navy will have doubled its fleet.

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  • Gerry Mullen

    “Germans are either at your throat or at your feet”

    Winston S. Churchill.

  • M Hoch

    What a wonderful gesture from Germany and well done little Israel! – the correct answer to so many enemies that surround us and don’t exactly have Israel’s best interest at heart.

  • Marty Brod

    I understand that the sole purpose of these subs is to launch
    atomic missiles. That should make the world sleep better.

    • Robert

      Only as long as Israel has them.

  • Maybe the US should give (or sell) them some Polaris missiles with nuclear war heads to launch against Iran.

  • Steven M. Lukens

    I feel Israeli officials owe Angela Merkel a very heart felt thank you. Also any individual Jewish people or Israelis should thank the German government and people for this kind gesture.
    The Germans are the best engineers in the Western Hemisphere. From cars, submarines, and even pianos, they are best.
    Yours truly,
    Steven M. Lukens

    • harry kuperhause

      True the Germans are good engineers. we Israelis are also good. The Germans are the best, by far the best gas chambers and crematoria engineers, ne’spas? H K Israel

    • Norm Hillman

      You forgot to mention their “greatest achievment” their fantstic OVENS.