Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed the newest addition to the Israel Navy into Haifa Port on Tuesday - the INS Tanin submarine.
Israel's fourth submarine, the INS Tanin docked at the Haifa Naval Base after leaving the German shipyard where it was built earlier this month.
The first of the navy's second-generation Dolphin-class submarine, the Tanin uses air independent propulsion technology to stay submerged for longer than the three older Dolphin-class vessels.
"This event sends a crystal clear message to our enemies - the State of Israel is determined to face any threat any challenge at any time," Netanyahu vowed at the ceremony.
"In the face of mounting threats, we will firmly defend our borders on land with fences, in the air with domes, and at sea with submarines," he said.
Netanyahu said that, above all, Israel's fighting spirit and determination to defend the homeland would allow the country to deal with the threats at its borders.
A fifth submarine, the INS Rahav, is expected to arrive at Haifa Port in six to seven months, and a sixth submarine will join the fleet by the end of the decade.
There were some 50 submarine personnel on board the INS Tanin, which left Germany to embark on a voyage spanning more than 7,500 kilometers, most of which it spent underwater.
The INS Tanin arrived at a specialized dock built by the navy, which allows for the advanced submarines to be kept separately, secretly and in a convenient manner. The dock allows for flexibility, and enables the submarines to be on call 24 hours a day.
The new submarines will bring with them many unique capabilities, such as lengthy intelligence gathering missions.
About the dolphin class submarine
The Dolphin class is actually two related sub-classes of diesel-electric submarine developed and constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW), Germany for the Israeli Navy. The first three members of the class were based on the export-only German 209-class submarines, but greatly modified and enlarged, and are thus not designated as members of the 209 family. The Dolphin 1 sub-class is slightly larger than the German Navy Type 212 in length and displacement. The three newer air-independent propulsion equipped boats are similar to the Type 212 vessels currently used by the German navy in underwater endurance, although the AIP Dolphins are 12 metres longer and are nearly 500 tonnes heavier in submerged displacement, and have a larger crew than either the Type 212 or the Type 214.
INS Tanin Submarine
Israel's new submarine, the INS Tanin, is seen from a beach in Haifa, Israel, on Tuesday, September 23. The sub was making its final approach into Haifa's port after being built in Germany. | Photo: Jim Hollander | Link | Ins Tanin, Submarine, Beach, Bikini, Woman, Israel, Haifa, Germany, War, Ship, Weapon,