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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

IDF welcomes its fifth submarine

The Israel Navy's fifth submarine, the INS Rahav, entered the Navy's base on the shores of Haifa Tuesday and officially joined the Navy's submarine fleet.

The previous submarine to join the Navy, the INS Tanin, was handed over to Israel in September of 2014. Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg said at the time that it "can dive deeper, go farther for a longer time and can operate at a level we have not seen until today.”

A sixth one is to be delivered by 2019, and Israel has even been reported to be interested in ordering three more. Rotberg said Tuesday that it will be named the INS Dakar, after the submarine by the same name that was lost in 1968, with all 69 crewmembers. (READ MORE)