fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, unveiled during ceremony
in Kiel, Germany
fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, was unveiled on Monday,
April 29 at a special ceremony in Kiel, Germany attended by Commander
in Chief of the Israeli Navy Rear Adm. Ram Rothberg, Director-General
of the Ministry of Defense Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ehud Shani and a delegation
of Israeli and German officials.
The ceremony culminated in the smashing of a celebratory bottle of champagne
on the hull of the new vessel.
The Dolphin is a versatile vessel, possessing a wide range of capabilities
fit for a large variety of missions. The submarine fleet represents
the technological cutting-edge of the Israeli Navy, the IDF and the
State of Israel. Soldiers in the Israeli Navy's submarine fleet engage
in operational activity day after day under a heavy veil of secrecy.
One of the
three "First Generation" Dolphin class Submarine (SSK) currently
in service in the Israeli Navy. The 3 new submarines will be enhanced
with AIP system among other new technologies.
Israeli Navy already operates three Type 800 Dolphin
class diesel-electric submarine based on the German 209 class submarine
design (Dolphin commissioned in 1999, Leviathan in commissioned 2000,
Tekumah commissioned in 2000). In 2006 Israel signed a contract with
Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to purchase two additional submarines
from its HDW subsidiary. The two new boats are an upgraded version of
the older Dolphins, featuring an AIP (Air-Independent Propulsion) system,
similar to the one used on German Type 212 submarines.
An AIP system allows a submarine to operate without the need to surface
or use a snorkel to access atmospheric oxygen therefore increasing diesel-electric
submarines stealth and endurance. AIP offers diesel-electric
submarines a remarkable increase in capability.
The new Israeli submarines are nammed Tannin and Rahav. Tannin was delivered
last year. Israeli Navy had an option for a third unit.