Germans set to deliver advanced sub to Israel (JERUSALEM POST) By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 02/26/12)
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BERLIN – One of the world’s most advanced German manufactured
submarines is slated to be sent to Israel this year. German media
reported last week that the 68-meter Dolphin submarine, the largest
post-World War II submarine to be built in the Federal Republic, was
openly placed in the harbor of the northern city of Kiel.
The Dolphin submarines are mainly constructed in Kiel, located in the
German state of Schleswig-Holstein on the border of Denmark.
According to the daily Kieler Nachrichten, the submarine can now be
viewed on the harbor compound operated by Howaldtswerke- Deutsche
Werft. The highly sophisticated submarine, which is believed to
contain secondstrike nuclear weapons capability, is the first of
three advanced “Super Dolphin” vessels to be delivered to Israel’s
navy. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the giant German engineering firm,
owns the ship manufacturer subsidiary in Kiel.
The Kieler Nachrichten reported that a heavy police presence is
guarding the Super Dolphin. Water-based boat patrols, including the
police boat Vossbrook, are frequently circling the submarine.
The new Dolphin is a second- generation advanced underwater vessel.
Germany’s government has previously furnished Israel with three
earlier models of the Dolphin. A fifth Dolphin is slated to be
delivered in 2013.
In view of the growing jingoism coming from Iran’s supreme leader,
who recently declared that the “cancerous tumor” of Israel has to be
cut away, the timing of the Super Dolphin’s delivery raises new
questions about Israel’s strategy to confront Iran’s threats. German
media noted that a spokesman from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems
declined to comment on the Super Dolphin.
Germany and Israel have agreed to the delivery of a third Super
Dolphin. The Federal Republic will subsidize the sale of the third
vessel with a maximum of 135 million euros.
The delivery of the Super Dolphin to Israel is filled with some
irony, largely because Iran’s regime as of 2010 maintains a 4.5
percent stock control of ThyssenKrupp. According to ThyssenKrupp’s
2011- 2012 corporate report in connection with Iran sanctions, “the
executive board of ThyssenKrupp AG ordered a review of the business
activities with Iranian customers in existence before the tighter
trade restrictions came into effect to establish whether they comply
with the new laws. In September 2010, it was decided that
ThyssenKrupp will not enter into any new transactions with Iranian
ThyssenKrupp, which was involved in German efforts in World War II
and used slave labor to advance Nazi Germany’s military aims, has
refused to evict its Iranian government stockholders from its
corporate ownership. Anti-Iranian regime critics have slammed the
massive steel and engineering giant over the last few years for
failing completely to slash its ties with the Islamic Republic. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/26/12)
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