Israel takes delivery of 4th submarine in Germany (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/04/12)
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Israel took delivery of a fourth Dolphin-class submarine on Thursday
boosting its fleet to include equipment that employ an advanced
propulsion system used for silent cruising.
In a ceremony at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipyard in Kiel,
the INS Tanin was lowered into the water. A high-level Israeli
defense delegation attended the event including OC Navy V.-Adm. Ram
Rothberg, Defense Ministry director-general Udi Shani and other
senior Israeli and German naval officers.
The ceremony marked the official delivery and transfer of
responsibility of the submarine to the Israel Navy. A bottle of
champagne was broken on the side of the ship as is customary upon the
launching of new navy vessels.
With the delivery of the submarine, the Israel Navy will begin
training on the ship ahead of its arrival in Israel by mid-2013.
“This is a major boost in our capabilities,” said a senior naval
officer, speaking to reporters by telephone from Kiel. “Submarines
are strategic platforms that allow the navy to operate in the
Mediterranean, as well as in any other region in which its presence
Israel’s submarines are the military’s most expensive platform and
are often referred to as the country’s second-strike doomsday weapon
due to their reported ability to fire cruise missiles tipped with
Germany donated the first two submarines after the First Gulf War and
split the cost of the third with Israel. The navy’s three submarines
employ a diesel-electric propulsion system, which requires them to
resurface frequently to recharge their batteries.
The fourth submarine and the additional two under construction will
be fitted with a new propulsion system combining a conventional
diesel lead-acid battery system and an air-independent propulsion
system used for slow, silent cruising, with fuel cells for oxygen and
hydrogen storage. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/04/12)
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