In a ceremony conducted today in HDW shipyards in the city of Kiel, Germany, Israel assumed control of a fourth Dolphin-class submarine. The submarine, titled the Tanin (Crocodile), was inaugurated by Israeli and German officials, who broke a bottle of champagne on the submarine’s outer hull.
It was officially handed over to the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Navy following the acquisition and development process led by the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Navy. Representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the IDF Navy attended the event.
The Tanin will reach Israeli shores during 2013 after concluding a series of tests and inspections. It is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced submarines and is the IDF’s most expensive purchase. The Dolphin-class submarine is a versatile tool that can adjust itself to a variety of tasks.
The Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General (res.) Ehud Barak, congratulated the IDF and Ministry of Defense personnel involved in the purchase: “the submarine will amplify the capabilities of the IDF and the State of Israel’s strength. The Navy has undergone strategic changes over the past few years that place it at the forefront of the battle over the safety of Israel, as the long arm of the IDF. The agreement reflects the strong relations with Germany and the German government’s commitment to Israeli security.”
The Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz thanked the IDF and Ministry of Defense personnel while stressing the strategic importance of the submarines flotilla: “the Navy and the submarines flotilla, together with the other branches of the IDF are strategic components that deter, protect, and fight for the IDF and Israel. They will continue their efforts to ensure the safety of the citizens of Israel.”
The CEO of the Ministry of Defense, UdiShani, said that the ceremony: “represents, more than anything else, the deep and unique bond Israel and Germany share, particularly in light of the regional developments and the growing challenges.”
The Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg stated that “with the global nature of threats, the relationship between Israel and Germany is more critical than ever before.”
Last month, the Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General (res.) Ehud Barak signed a construction and supply contract for a new and improved submarine scheduled to arrive in Israel during 2017. It will be the sixth submarine, following the fifth that will arrive in 2015 and the fourth that was launched today.
The submarines flotilla represents the long arm of the Navy, the IDF and Israel. The flotilla personnel regularly perform intensive operational activity near and far, operating away from the public spotlight. These submarines, together with the ones that will follow, will double the number of existing Israeli submarines. They are an essential part of the effort to protect the citizens of Israel.