Israel gets 4th German submarine (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.03.12, 18:15)
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Advanced submarine handed over to Israel in festive ceremony; new sub
is IDF´s most expensive weapon. Defense Minister Barak: Vessel will
greatly boost army´s capabilities
Fourth Dolphin submarine starts long journey to Israel: An official
ceremony was held in the German city of Kiel Thursday to mark the
handover of a fourth submarine to Israel´s Navy.
The Tanin ("alligator" in Hebrew) is considered one of the world´s
most advanced submarines and is the IDF´s most expensive. The vessel
is expected to reach Israel only in 2013 and dock at the Haifa Port.
According to foreign reports, the new submarine will possess similar
capabilities to the Navy´s existing submarines, including the ability
to carry nuclear weapons. The main improvement is an advanced
technological component that makes the sub longer and allows it to
stay at sea for more extended periods of time.
Following the ceremony, a senior defense source told Ynet that Israel
is at the forefront of maritime warfare in the region.
"In addition to the regular theaters we need to defend, including
Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, we also need to safeguard
gas drills, so that we must cover a wide area and our operations take
place at several theaters simultaneously," he said.
2 more subs being built
Speaking at the event, the Defense Ministry´s director general said
that Thursday´s ceremony reflected the strong, unique relationship
between Germany and Israel. During the event, senior Israeli and
German officials shattered a champagne bottle, a traditional good
Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulated the Defense Ministry and
the IDF, saying that the new submarine will greatly boost the IDF´s
capabilities and the State of Israel´s strength. Meanwhile, IDF Chief
of Staff Benny Gantz stressed the sub fleet´s strategic importance.
"The Navy and the submarine fleet constitute a deterrent, protective
and strategic arm for the IDF and for the State of Israel," he said.
A fifth submarine is currently under construction and will arrive in
Israel in 2014. Recently, the German government approved the sale of
a sixth submarine, which is expected to arrive in Israel by 2017.
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