Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel received its fifth advanced
Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, considered one of the most advanced
submarines in the world, at a ceremony in the German port city of Kiel on
A Dolphin-class submarine. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The submarine is expected to arrive in Israel in 2014,
after undergoing a number of steps required to make it operational. The Israeli
Defense Ministry said the new submarine was the most expensive item it had ever
acquired for the Israel Defense Forces.
According to foreign reports, the submarine has 10
torpedo tubes capable of launching missiles carrying nuclear warheads. Each
Dolphin-class submarine costs around half a billion dollars, with one-third of
the cost paid for by the German government.
Dolphin-class submarines are considered to be
multipurpose vessels capable of carrying out a diverse range of missions. These
submarines are the long arm of the Israel Navy, and, according to foreign
reports, provide Israel with second-strike capability in the event of a nuclear
conflict, making them an important element of Israeli deterrence of the Iranian
nuclear threat. Israeli submarines conduct intensive covert missions from
Israel’s shores on a daily basis.
“Iran is continuing its nuclear program. It has yet to
cross the red line I presented at the United Nations, but it is approaching it
systematically. We cannot let Iran cross it,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said on Monday.