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INS Tanin
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Israel receives INS Tanin, latest German-made sub
Navy's latest addition traveled 8,000 kilometers to its new home port in Haifa, spending most of the trip underwater.

The navy's latest addition, the INS Tanin, docked in Haifa Tuesday after it traveled 8,000 kilometers on its journey to its new home port. The ceremony welcoming the new submarine was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Cheif of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.

 

 

Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved

 

For the first few days of the inaugural voyage, the submarine hosted Navy chief Maj. Gen. Ram Rothberg, who later returned to Israel. The INS Tanin then made the rest of the journey with its 50 crew members, who have already replaced the German flag with Israel's Star of David.

Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved

 

The submarine plotted a direct course from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and it will pass through the Straits of Gibraltar during its 20-day voyage which will end in Haifa on the 23rd of September. 


Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved

 

Before its arrival in Israel, the INS Tanin will stop 270 miles from the shore, where the INS Dakar sank, to hold an open-sea memorial service for its fallen sailors.

 

Photo: Ahiyah Raved
Photo: Ahiyah Raved

 

The INS Tanin will be the navy's first submarine of the AIP (air-independent propulsion) variety, which extends the vessel's endurance underwater.

 

Photo: Roee Idan
Photo: Roee Idan

 

The fifth Dolphin-class submersible will arrive in six months, while the sixth German-made purchase is expected to be delivered in 2019.

 

The Dolphin-class submarine is a versatile vehicle capable of adapting for a wide-range of deployments. The 7th Flotilla, Israel's submarine unit, represents the most far-reaching tool in the arsenal of the Navy, the IDF, and the State of Israel.

 


פרסום ראשון: 09.23.14, 14:00
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