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Old 29-04-2013, 22:01
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Default Israel's 5th Dolphin Submarine Unveiled in Germany

Israel's 5th Dolphin submarine unveiled in Germany April 29, 2013.

INS Rahav set to undertake long-range classified missions, can carry missiles armed with nuclear warheads, foreign sources say.

Israel and Germany unveiled the Israel Navy's fifth Dolphin-class submarine on Monday, at a ceremony at the German port of Kiel.

The submarine, called the INS Rahav, is the most expensive defense platform purchased by Israel. It is set to undertake long-range classified missions that are critical for Israel's security.

The submarine is seen by the navy as a significant "force multiplier" that will enable Israel to cope with threats in the increasingly unstable Middle East region.

According to foreign reports, the Navy's submarines also allow Israel a nuclear second strike capability, as they can travel far from Israel's territorial waters and, reportedly, are able to carry long-range cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

Some defense analysts consider the submarines to be crucial aspect of Israeli nuclear deterrence against Iran.

Among their many capabilities, submarines can launch conventional missile attacks on near and distant targets, fire torpedoes, and gather intelligence.

The latest Dolphin-class subs can remain submerged for longer than their predecessors.

The INS Rahav, together with the INS Tanin - the fourth Dolphine submarine delivered to Israel in 2012 - and the sixth Dolphon, still being manufactured, will cost a total of some 1.4 billion Euro (1.8 billion dollars). The German government is reportedly covering a third of the cost.

Monday's ceremony was attended by Navy chief, Adm. Ram Rothberg, Defense Ministry Director-General Cmdr. (rets) Udi Shani, and senior German officials.

The ceremony followed years of development, and the submarine is expected to arrive at an Israeli port over the coming year. It must undergo further work before it can become operational, the navy said.

"The INS Rahav is one of the most advanced submarines in the world," the Ministry of Defense said in a statement Monday. "It is a versatile platform, which can adapt to many and varied missions. The fleet of submarines forms a long arm for the navy, the IDF, and the state of Israel," the ministry added.

All year round, Israel's submarines in engage in vital operations near and far from Israel, under a fog of secrecy, the ministry said.


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Old 30-04-2013, 08:52
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An interesting article and I wonder how far "long range" is? Although, I can't see them sneaking through the Suez Canal to operate up the Persian Gulf

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Old 30-04-2013, 11:12
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Default Re: Israel's 5th Dolphin Submarine Unveiled in Germany

Jim: I have wondered about the term "long range" as well. I suppose it might include the circumnavigation of Africa but it would be a very long round trip voyage for a conventional or AIP boat.

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An interesting article and I wonder how far "long range" is? Although, I can't see them sneaking through the Suez Canal to operate up the Persian Gulf

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But one did exactly that in 2009.

OK, it didn't "sneak", as there were lots of news stories about it at the time.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/...5621XZ20090703
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JERUSALEM | Fri Jul 3, 2009 1:27pm EDT

(Reuters) - An Israeli submarine sailed the Suez Canal to the Red Sea as part of a naval drill last month, defense sources said on Friday, describing the unusual maneuver as a show of strategic reach in the face of Iran.
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world...ses-suez-canal
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Jul 4, 2009

An Israeli submarine crossed through the Suez Canal last month as a part of a military training exercise, defence officials said today. The move is believed to have been made as a warning to Iran of the Jewish state's capabilities and to show that Israel and Egypt are co-operating against a shared threat. The two countries share a peace agreement but have had strained relations for years. By using the Suez, an Israeli submarine could reach the Persian Gulf off Iran in a matter of days, compared wiith weeks to sail around the southern tip of Africa. The submarine participated in naval manoeuvres in the Red Sea last month, said Israeli defence officials who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. They did not give further details.
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Thanks for that info BB. I just thought such a transit wouldn't be on, due to the age old differences between Egypt and Israel. Obviously, they have settled their differences.

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Jim: With the new government in Egypt, the 2009 style transit of the Suez Canal by an Israeli Submarine may be more controversial or even impossible.
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That is possible... however it depends on whether the new government is dominated by Sunni Muslims or Shia.

If Sunni (which In believe to be the case) then the old enmity between the sects may mean they will view Iran as a potential enemy, and may be willing to keep Israel as the focus of Iranian plans by continuing to allow Israel to place its subs within "threat range" of Iran.
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Either way, concerning Egypt, the IDF Navy is about to take one very potent highly advanced conventional submarine into its little Fleet. Force multiplyer indeed!

Of course, if she could still use the Suez Canal it would simplify things for possible deployment. Conversly where might she sail to "direct" from Germany? DFO
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Perhaps straying a little (?) off topic here but ... my curiosity has been aroused by mentions in previous posts concerning the possibility of an Israeli submarine transiting the Suez canal.

As far as I have been able to determine, the right to transit the canal is stated as follows " ... in time of war as in time of peace, by every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag." Believe it or not, this right was established by the "Constantinople Convention of the Suez Canal" which was enacted in March 1888, and is still in force. The entire text of the Convention, which makes for some interesting reading, is at the link:

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Consta...the_Suez_Canal

So it would appear that, at least on paper, the Israeli Navy has every right to use the canal as and when it wants to.
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Also straying off topic, but congratulations Tim on achieving Flag rank.
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Also straying off topic, but congratulations Tim on achieving Flag rank.
Many thanks Bill - I would hoist the dreaded gin pennant, but suspect it wouldn't mean much to my neighbours here in land-locked Quebec!

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Rahav - Splendour - has finally, 16 December 2015 departed Kiel for Israel arriving mid Jan 2016, final fit in Israel before becoming operational mid 2016. AIP equipped with extensive Israeli input and equipment she follows Tanin - Crocodile - into service. Boat 6 in build.
Both 3rd Israeli boats so named.
1st Rahav ex HMS Sanguine, which with sister Tanin - Crocodile - ex HMS Springer were the original pair of boats acquired by that nation in 1958.

10 December 2015 saw the 1st of 4 TKMS built type 209/1400 launched for Egypt with the name S41.
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The next boat, 6th of this Dolphin class will be named INS Dakar (grouper), 2nd of name in Israeli service.
She will incorporate refinements of Israels own development over the preceeding two, boats 4 & 5, now fully operational.

Meanwhile, there are plans to acquire 3 further boats to replace the 3 earlier boats, Dolphin, Leviathan & Tkuma, from thyssenkrupp AG, which is currently deeply mired in controversy. Time will tell how this develops.

The 1st Dakar was the ex Royal Navy Totem, she sank on her maiden voyage in the Eastern Med in late, c25th, January 1968 with all 69 crew.

1968 was a bad year for submarine losses, in addition to Dakar were,
Minerve. France. 27 Jan. All 52 crew. She has never yet been found.
K-129. USSR. 8 March. All 98 crew.
Scorpion. USA. 22 May. All 99 crew.
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Interesting!

(From ABC News)

Israel Orders Probe of German Submarine Purchase

"Israeli police will look into the purchase of German submarines after it was revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attorney had represented the company, raising concerns over a possible conflict of interest.."

Complete article here:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/...chase-43741883
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