The waters boil furiously and a thick white wall of foam appears under the moon lit night. A bright moon hangs over the concrete dock as a hulking black shiny beast rises from she depths. No its not a sea creature, but the newest addition to the Israeli navy, a Dolphin class submarine named Tannin.
Arutz Sheva reports- New footage from the Israeli Navy showcases the most advanced submarine in the IDF’s arsenal: the Dolphin-class INS Tanin (Crocodile).
The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry, as well as the latest in intelligence-gathering technology. The Dolphin 2-class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. It stands at a whopping 68 meters long, compared to 57.3 meters on average for other submarines.The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces and are considered among the most sophisticated and capable conventionally powered submarines in the world. The Dolphin-class replaced the aging Gal-class submarines, which had served in the Israeli navy since the late 1970s. Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and SLCMs. The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200-kilogram (440 lb) nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium. The latter, if true, would provide Israel with an offshore nuclear second strike capability (Wikipedia).Each submarine is fitted with 6 × 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes, and 4 × 650 mm (26 in) torpedo tubes. The very large 650 mm tubes can be used for laying mines, larger submarine-launched cruise missiles, or swimmer delivery vehicles, and with liners the tubes could be used for standard torpedoes and submarine-launched missiles. According to the German Defense Ministry the 650 mm tubes are to have a liner installed for firing 533 mm UGM-84 Harpoon missiles although the Dolphin class already has six tubes of the 533 mm size.
The boats are armed with Atlas Elektronik DM2A3 torpedoes using wire-guided active homing to deliver a 260 kg (570 lb) warhead at a maximum speed of 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph) to a target over 13 km (8.1 mi) away, in passive homing mode a speed of 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) and a range up to 28 km (17 mi) is possible. A wet and dry compartment is installed for deploying underwater special operations teams. Israel also has procured the DM2A4 torpedo, successor to the DM2A3, which is electrically propelled, equipped with fiber optic communications and has countermeasure resistant signals processing and mission logic.
The Dolphins are equipped with three V-16 396 SE 84 diesel engines built by MTU Friedrichshafen (now Tognum), developing 3.12 MW (4,180 hp) sustained power. The submarine is equipped with three Siemens 750 kW alternators, and a Siemens 2.85 MW sustained-power motor driving a single shaft. The propulsion system provides a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) submerged and a snorkeling speed of 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph). The hull is rated for dives up to 350 m (1,150 ft). The maximum unrefuelled range is 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) traveling on the surface at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) and over 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged; they are designed to remain unsupplied for up to 30 days on station.
“The submarine will receive more long-term missions, and for a greater amount of time, than submarines” the IDF possesses, one navy officer explained, adding that as a result the Navy had “extended by several days our ability to operate silently and secretly in enemy territory.”
The submarine’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel “G”, echoed those sentiments, adding that as a result of the sensitive nature of the missions it will be undertaking only the most elite navy personnel will be operating it.
Sailors worked closely with the defense ministry, intelligence agencies, the air force and other elite IDF units, he added.
Commander of Haifa naval base General David Salamah explained the importance of Israel’s submarine fleet to national security.
“We are talking about a major upgrade to the navy and the entire IDF, in the face of the challenges posed to the State of Israel.”
Israel National News and the Jerusalem Post both had articles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, which quote that day’s London Sunday Times saying that the July 5 Israeli missile strike against the Syrian port of Latakia, previously reported by CNN as an Israel Air Force strike, was made in coordination with the United States, and long range missiles were launched from a Dolphin-class submarine. The attack targeted newly unloaded Russian-made Yakhont long range high performance anti-ship missiles and associated radars.